Raspberry vinegar cordial ‘shrub’
- 300g fresh or frozen raspberries
- 500ml (2 cups) good-quality white wine vinegar
- 200g white granulated sugar
Mix a splash of this cordial concentrate with mineral water for a summer refresher, or use as a base for a 'shrub' drink or fruit punch, adding slices of apple, orange and fresh berries.
The acidity diminishes over time, so make and store the cordial for several weeks before using.
|Steep the raspberries in the vinegar in a non-metallic bowl or jug for several days.
|Strain the mixture through a muslin-lined sieve, and allow to drain for an hour or so, taking care not to apply pressure to the fruit.
|Discard the fruit and transfer the liquid to a small saucepan. Add the sugar and stir gently over low heat for 10 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Skim or strain the liquid through a fine sieve and allow to cool.
|Pour the cordial into a sterilised airtight bottle or jar and store in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.
|Add 1 or 2 tablespoons to a glass of iced water or soda and garnish with mint. Very refreshing!