Sloe Cordial

Sloe Cordial

A simple recipe for a non-alcoholic cordial made with hedgerow sloes.
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Keyword cordial, sloes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Author Janice Pattie


  • 1 kg Sloes
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Granulated Sugar 80g per 100ml liquid


  • 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.