Friday, 10 July 2009
Thirsty? Try a Raspberry Cooler!
We have more raspberries than we know what to do with lately, and one easy way to use them up is to make a raspberry cordial - a sweet, non-alcoholic fruit concentrate that is diluted down with water/lemonade to taste.
This went down a treat in the mini-heatwave we had last week, and is a great way to use up the smaller, softer, more manky raspberries that you might not want in your desserts.
Adapted from the BBC Good Food Magazine
350g fresh raspberries
200g caster sugar
1 lemon sliced
1 orange sliced
225 ml cold water
Ice and cold or sparkling water/lemonade to serve. See note at end.
Put all the ingredients (raspberries, sugar, lemon, orange and 225 ml water) in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring often.
Leave to cool. Pour through a sieve, pressing the mixture down well with a spoon to extract all the juices.
The syrup can be stored for up to one week in the fridge.
To serve, pour a little of the syrup into a glass, top up with water (still or sparkling) and ice.
Note: You can also dilute this with lemonade or a mixture of lemonade and sparkling water if you want it less sweet. The lemonade we get here is quite different from that in the US. Ours is a sparkling lemony beverage, and can be replaced with something like 7-Up, Mountain Dew or Sprite.
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