Elderberry Cordial with Apples
Servings: 25 portions
This elderberry cordial uses apples to add a nice, crisp aftertaste to your drink. It is packed with vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
- 1 kg elderberries
- 300 g sugar
- 1 lemon the juice of it
- 2 - 3 cooking apples
Clean and wash the elderberries. Wash the apples, but there is no need to peel or core them, just cut them into quarters.
Place the fruit in a pot, cover with a lid and slowly let it warm up over low heat until the fruit releases its juices. Simmer very gently for about 45 minutes. Stir now and then if you feel it is necessary.
After about 45 minutes the fruit mixture is ready to be sieved. Put a sieve over another pot and pour the whole mixture through a cheesecloth over the sieve. Let the mass of berries and apples cool down before you start squeezing on the cheesecloth. This is very important because you can severely burn yourself if you try to squeeze out the liquid immediately.
Squeeze the pulp thoroughly and discard it. Add the sugar along with the juice of one lemon to the pot of red juice. Bring the mixture to a quick boil and pour it into sterilised bottles.
To enjoy this lovely drink, add 2tbsp cordial to 300ml (1 1/4 cups) of water. If you prefer it sweeter, you can add more. The recipe is enough for around 25 glasses.
Serve either with hot water like a toddy during cold nights or in cold water as a refreshing drink.
The cordial will stay fresh for up to a year in a cold place, but once you open your bottle, it will need to be used up within two weeks.
Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.5g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.7mg