- 3lb Blackberries
- 3 Pints Water
- 9 Green Cardamom Pods, crushed
- 1lb Sugar (to taste)
Ratio: 1lb Blackberries, 1 pint of Water, 3 Cardamom Pods, 5oz Sugar
A subtle hint of Cardamom goes really nice with Blackberries. If you prefer it more ‘Cardamommy’, simple add one or two more pods.
Put the Blackberries in a large pan and add the water & crushed Cardamoms.
Use a masher or your hands and squish up the Blackberries.
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the Blackberries.
If you want nice clear cordial you should strain very gradually, say over an hour. If you think life is too short, squeeze out the blackberries and settle for cloudy cordial.
Add the sugar to the liquid and bring to the boil again, then simmer for another 20 – 30 minutes.
You could also remove any ‘scum’ that appears on the surface but it’s tasty scum so i’d leave it alone.
Allow to cool, pour into bottles & store in the fridge to stop it fermenting. You can also freeze the cordial in used plastic milk containers.
Dilute to taste with still or sparkling water, lemonade (or a drop of vodka!).
And if you went for the cloudy cordial remember to shake the bottle well before use.