We had a 2nd birthday to celebrate this week, and as the weather was unseasonably lovely I took the opportunity to make some refreshing and deliciously fruity homemade cherry cordial. “Cherries?”, I hear you cry… “but they’re not in season until July”. Well here I’ve used a packet of frozen cherries instead.
Frozen fruit is often far cheaper than fresh, and an eco-friendly way of enjoying your favourite fruit at any time of year, without relying on air-freighting in from around the world. This recipe would work well with almost any frozen fruit – try raspberries, blueberries, fruits of the forest mix or anything else you can find in the freezer aisle whilst its out of season.
This is delicious with sparkling water to make into cherryade, or for something a little more grown-up, add a splash of vodka – delicious!
It will keep well in the fridge for a few weeks, or you can freeze it in ice cube trays, then just pop out a cube into a glass of sparkling water for a refreshing fizz whenever you need it.
- 480 g frozen cherries (I used Sainsbury's Dark Sweet Cherries)
- 300 g caster sugar
- 300 ml water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Put the cherries, water and caster sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Then, add the lemon juice and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
- Cover, set aside and leave until completely cool. Then strain through a sieve or muslin, squashing the cherries with a fork to get as much liquid out of them as possible.
- Pour into a sterilized bottle and keep in the fridge, or straight into ice cube trays if storing in the freezer.
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