Bramble and Vanilla Cordial
Foraged or cultivated blackberries are ideal for making this fruity Bramble and Vanilla Cordial. You can use fresh or frozen blackberries and a whole vanilla pod, It has a rich blackberry flavour is easy to make and much less expensive than the high-end fruit cordials and you know exactly what went into it.
A rich and delicious cordial made from blackberries and vanilla, a great combination of sweet and sharp flavours, very refreshing.
- 1 kg blackberries
- 1.5 l cold water
- 500 g sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- Rinse the blackberries in a colander, then place in a large pan (I use my pressure cooker, without the lid) with the water.
- Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes.
- Use a jelly bag, muslin or a clean tea towel and strain the fruit over a clean bowl. Do not squeeze the bag as it will make the cordial cloudy.
- While the juice is straining, sterilise your bottles. Either rinse thoroughly in cold water then place in a low oven for 30 minutes, or use a proprietary sterilising solution and follow the instructions.
- Return the juice to the cleaned pan and add the sugar and the vanilla pod, unopened as you don't want the seeds in the cordial, heat gently stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Skim off any froth on the top and simmer vigorously for 10 minutes.
- Remove the vanilla pod, rinse and dry for future use, and pour the cordial into sterilised bottles.
The cordial will keep for up to three months.
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What I really like about this Bramble and Vanilla Cordial, is that there is still a little sharpness from the blackberries and the vanilla just tempers it, without the cordial needing to be further sweetened. It’s perfect diluted with still or sparkling water or as a base for any number of fun cocktails, or pour it over ice cream.