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Bottles of Blackberry and Vanilla Cordial

Blackberry and Vanilla Cordial

Janice Pattie
A rich and delicious cordial made from blackberries and vanilla, a great combination of sweet and sharp flavours, very refreshing. 
4.5 from 2 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Servings 1 litre

Ingredients
 

  • 1 kg blackberries
  • 1.5 l cold water
  • 500 g sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

The cordial will keep for up to three months.