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    Blueberry Cordial

    I love the deep colour of this drink – it looks fresh and vital. Other berries work equally well and, if I'm in Devon, I'll pluck some elderflower heads from the hedgerows on our farm to add a delicate Muscat flavour.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus 4 days resting
    • Total time: 10 minutes, plus 4 days resting

    Makes: 750ml


    • 500g Organic blueberries, strawberries or raspberries
    • 900g Caster sugar
    • 1 Organic lemon, thinly sliced
    • 15 Elderflower heads (optional)
    • 40g Tartaric/citric acid (available from chemists; optional)


    1. Crush the blueberries and the sugar with a potato masher in a bowl. Add the lemon slices, elderflowers (if using) and tartaric acid. Pour over 500ml boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool, cover with a tea towel and store in the fridge for 4 days.
    2. Taste and see if it is strong enough; if it's not, give it another day in the fridge. Strain through a muslin-lined sieve and decant into sterilised bottles. The cordial will keep in the fridge in unopened bottles for up to 6 months. Serve with sparkling water.

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