- 6 lb Damsons
- 9 pints water
- 6 lb Sugar
Formula: 1 lb Damsons, 1 & 1/2 pints Water, 1 lb Sugar. Easy.
Another easy-to-make cordial that tastes superb & brings back memories of October sunshine before it all went dark & miserable. Why Damson Cordial isn’t the main flavoured dilute drink of choice in the supermarkets I will never know. Better not shout too loudly or everyone will want some.
Prepare the Damsons: Wash the Damsons in batches in very hot water to remove the bloom. Dry on a tea towel then use a sharp knife and halve them, checking for any that have been housing a grub or maggot (the inside will be a dark brown & mushy). Discard the rotten ones. Freeze the halved Damsons (keep the stones) in large bags (4 lb or 6 lb at a time).
When defrosted, empty the bag into a large pan and pour in the water.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the contents through a straining bag into another clean, large pan or sterilised bucket (then wash out your pan and return the liquid to it). If you want clear cordial don’t squeeze the bag – either tie it up to drip, or rest in a colander (see photo below).
Add the Sugar to the liquid (in the pan) and bring to the boil again, stirring to dissolve.
Turn down the heat to a simmer & simmer away for about 15 minutes.
You may wish to remove any froth or scum that develops on the surface, but it’s tasty scum so I leave it well alone.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Decant into bottles (store in the fridge for a few weeks) or into sterilised plastic bottles for freezing (used milk bottles).
Dilute to taste.
Don’t tell anyone who buys orange dilute or they’ll all want some.