Strawberry and black pepper cordial

This cult flavour pairing brings a piquant sophistication to summer's star turn.


900g strawberries, hulled and halved
1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
300g granulated sugar


1. In a pan, heat the strawberries and peppercorns with 280ml water. Simmer gently for 8-10 minutes, or until the strawberries have completely broken down.

2. Line a colander with muslin and sit it over a large bowl. Pour in the strawberry mixture, then tie the corners of the muslin, remove the colander and suspend the muslin over the bowl. Leave the mixture to strain into the bowl overnight.

3. Pour the strained juice into a clean pan, stir in the sugar and heat gently until dissolved. Bring to the boil and bubble for a few minutes until slightly syrupy, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Transfer to sterilised bottles with a heatproof funnel and seal.

Try it in a...

Strawberry and Black Pepper Daiquiri
Fill a shaker with ice. Add 4 chopped strawberries, 1 generous measure of cordial, 2 measures of golden rum and 1 measure of fresh lime juice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Strawberry and black pepper cordial

Makes: about 1 litre

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This recipe was first published in Thu Aug 06 09:50:00 BST 2015.