Good afternoon! How wonderful would a fruity sparkling beverage be in this hot and sticky weather! There are so many syrups and cordials on the market now, designed to add flavour to sparkling or soda water, but we find it hard to find any that aren't laden with refined sugar! Homemade naturally sweetened cordials are a great alternative. This lovely honey, berry and lavender cordial recipe features in the Mondays Summer Journal, contributed by our friend Greta Kenyon. We love her edible flower ice cubes too! You can get creative and come up with your own flavours and adjust sweetness and strength to suit your palette.
HONEY & LAVENDER
Simply simmer 2 cups of water with 5 large tablespoons of honey and a handful of fresh lavender heads for about 15 minutes. Wait for the mixture to cool, then strain through a tea strainer and store in a sterilised glass jar or bottle in your fridge and add to sparkling water or plain water to your desired taste. I use about a 4 to 1 ratio, as they are not as strong as traditional sugary cordials. I used raw honey, which made the cordial a lovely golden colour. This makes a small batch. You can double if you want more.
HONEY & BERRY
As before, but swap the lavender out for a generous handful of fresh or frozen berries.