Making your own cordial has never been eaiser - or more satisfying …

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Banish all thoughts of weak orange squash served in plastic beakers. Cordial has had a makeover. A seriously good one. And the best bit? You can make it yourself.

 

Get crafty and do a DIY cordial. It's easy, quick and tastes amazing. Trust us.

 

Take some fresh fruit, perhaps add in some herbs for balance, stir in a little sugar and you've got a recipe for something seriously delicious.

 

"Making something beautiful is really easy," says Kylee Newton, author of The Modern Preserver (Hardcover, RRP £20, Vintage Books). "The trend for getting back-to-basics is gaining a lot of momentum – which isn't surprising in our screen-obsessed age. It's a nice switch-off."

 

We had a crack at making our own raspberry and mint version. Here's what to do. (NB: feel free to try this with other fruits and herbs such as elderflower and lemon, blackcurrant and basil, and rhubarb and star anise – they all taste great. Just make sure you use sharp flavours that will stand up to being diluted with water.) 

 

 

1. Assemble your ingredients

 

For a half bottle of cordial, we took one punnet of fresh raspberries, three handfuls of chopped mint and 250g of caster sugar. You'll also need a sterilised glass bottle to store it in ("Wash out with hot, soapy water, then place on the lowest shelf in the oven for 20 minutes," advises Kylee.) 

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2. Pop everything in a saucepan 

 

Chuck it all in – no need to be delicate. 

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3. Let it melt

 

Put your pan on a medium/low heat, and let it all break down and meld together. Give the berries, mint and sugar a mash with a fork to help it on its way. 

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4. Keep letting it melt …

 

For about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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5. Sieve it out 

 

Get a clean bowl, and sieve your jammy mix into it. When no more comes through, throw a dash of water over the pulp, to coax the juice that's clinging to the seeds into the bowl. 

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6. One more boil 

 

Time to up your mix's intensity. Return it to the pan, and boil or one minute. 

 

7. Bottle up! 

 

Grab a kitchen funnel, and pour your cordial into the sterilised bottle – don't forget that it's going to be hot from the oven, so use a tea towel. Otherwise: ouch. Anyway, you're done. How easy was that?!

 

Leave to cool overnight, and enjoy over ice with filtered water the next day; with cloudy lemonade or as a little extra something with a vodka, soda and lime. Yum.

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