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Sloe Cordial with bottle, glasses and leaves

Sloe Cordial

Janice Pattie
A simple recipe for a non-alcoholic cordial made with hedgerow sloes.
4.28 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Servings 20 servings
Calories 141 kcal


  • large pan
  • Lemon squeezer
  • wooden spoon
  • Potato masher
  • measuring jug
  • weighing scales
  • Muslin or clean pair of tights
  • Large bowl
  • Glass bottles with lids


  • 1 kg Sloes
  • 1 litre Water
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 600 g Granulated Sugar (approximately) 80g per 100ml liquid


  • 1 kg Sloes, 1 Lemon, 1 litre Water
    Put the Sloes, water and lemon juice in a large pan.
    pan with sloes
  • 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)
  • 600 g Granulated Sugar (approximately)
    Clean the pan and pour the juice back in, add the sugar and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
    Add sugar to sloe cordial
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for another 10 minutes. 
    Sloe cordial ready to bottle
  • Cool and bottle in sterilised bottles.
  • Serve over ice with your choice of mixer.
    Glasses of slow cordial


Makes approximately 750 ml.
To drink, dilute to taste.
The calorie count for the finished drink will depend on how much you dilute the cordial and what you dilute it with.  


Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 174IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg