A simple recipe for a non-alcoholic cordial made with hedgerow sloes.
80g per 100ml liquid
US Customary units
Bring the sloes, water and lemon juice to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Break up the cooked sloes with a wooden spoon or potato masher, don't bother about the stones as they will be sieved out later.
Simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a sieve. If you want your cordial to be clear you should line your sieve with muslin and don't push the pulp through.
Measure the juice to calculate the amount of sugar required (80g per 100 ml)
Clean the pan and pour the juice back in, add the sugar and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring to the boil an simmer for another 10 minutes. Cool and bottle in sterilised bottles.
To drink, add 10 parts water to one part cordial.