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Curranty cordial

Prep time 1-2 hours
Cook time 1-2 hours
Makes 400ml/14fl oz
Dietary Vegetarian
From The Big Allotment Challenge
This deliciously fruit cordial is made with redcurrants, blackcurrants and strawberries. Great diluted with water or added to cocktails.


  1. Wash and de-stalk all the fruit and put it into a medium-sized pan.

  2. Add the sugar, 250ml/9fl oz water and lemon juice to the pan.

  3. Bring all of the ingredients to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Tie a jelly bag or a clean sheet of muslin to something appropriate so it can dangle over a bowl. Pour the ingredients into the jelly bag (or muslin) and leave to drip. Do not squeeze the bag to prevent the cordial going cloudy.

  5. Once all the liquid has dripped through (about an hour), pour the syrup into a sterilised jar.


  • 225g/8oz redcurrants
  • 225g/8oz blackcurrants
  • 100g/3½oz strawberries
  • 250g/9oz granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice only

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