Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nettle and Blackcurrant Leaf Cordial Recipe

Breaking the silence, briefly, to bring you this recipe for a delicious foraged summer drink. Nettle and blackcurrant leaf cordial.  You will need:
100g (4 oz) nettle tops. (as long as they haven't started flowering or seeding)
100g blackcurrant leaves
1 kg (2lb) granulated sugar
500ml (about 1 pint) boiling water
40g (1.5 oz) citric acid
mix the sugar, water and citric acid in a large pan until sugar is dissolved.  Bring to the boil and let it seethe for a few minutes.
Add the nettle and blackcurrant leaves to the boiling mix.  Stir and then remove from the heat.
Keep covered in a cool dark place for 5-7 days, stirring every day. Strain and bottle. Store in the fridge. Peasy!

Dilute to taste with water - still or fizzy, or sparkling wine, or add to a GnT.  James is having his with straight tap water.  lovely and refreshing summery drink - sláinte!


  1. Sounds delicious Jacqui, and free too, what could be better.........I think I'll give this a go. x

  2. Lovely! Definitely worth a try! Hope you are having a lovely summer. I've been enjoying your pics!

  3. Brilliant, thanks for to find me some wild nettles....:) x

  4. This is wonderful! I just sent this to my hubby and asked if he would please print it for me at the office. LOVE...

    ps sorry it's been so long since I came by and said "hi". Hope all is well with you! Miss you!

  5. I am loving that red and white polka-dotted table cloth!!! I hope you're enjoying your summer so far!! : )

    ~ Wendy

  6. sounds lovely : ) we live opposite some blackcurrant fields and it always amazes me how much the leaves smell of blackcurrants! Bramble tip wine is rather lovely too - maybe they would make a nice cordial?

  7. THIS IS WONDERFUL>>>>> a garden full of nettles and blackcurrant leaves.....been trying to find something to do with them for a long time! thank u xx

  8. Thanks Jackie. The kids love this .


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