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Easy Blackcurrant Cordial Recipe

Blackcurrant cordial

Published: March 10, 2021 at 2:10 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + infusing
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Serve this simple cordial diluted over plenty of ice or use to make a summery blackcurrant mojito cocktail


Try our blackcurrant cordial recipe, then check out our rhubarb cordial, ginger cordial and more summer cordial ideas. For an alcoholic option, try our sparkling kir Royale, flavoured with cassis.

Lemongrass and blackcurrant cordial

Add a subtle citrus note to this intense cordial by infusing with lemongrass. To add this twist, simply bruise and chop three juicy stalks of lemongrass, then add to the pan of water with the blackcurrants at the beginning of the recipe.


  • frozen or fresh blackcurrants, 500g
  • 300g  golden or white caster sugar


  • STEP 1

    Put the blackcurrants in a large pan with 300ml water. Put the pan over a low heat, then very gently bring to a simmer. While it heats, crush the fruit as much as you can with a potato masher. Boil for 1 minute only, then cover the surface completely with clingfilm. Leave in the pan to infuse for a couple of hours.

  • STEP 2

    Add the sugar to the pan and dissolve gently over a very low heat. Boil briefly, then strain through a sieve, pressing all the juice from the currants with the back of the ladle. The cordial is ready to use straightaway, will keep chilled for up to 1 month, or frozen (in small batches) for up to 3 months. Dilute one part cordial to three or four parts water.

Growing your own blackcurrants for this cordial recipe? Watch the video below, from our friends at gardenersworld.com, to learn how to prune them:


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