Drinks, food

Strawberry, Black Pepper and Mint Cordial

Donna Lewis



ingredients

4 cups fresh strawberries, chopped

2 cups water

1 cup mixed berry juice

3/5 cup (150ml) caster sugar

10 peppercorns, toasted and cracked

1/5 cup (50ml) lemon juice

½ cup fresh mint, chopped

method

Place the strawberries, water, juice, sugar, pepper and lemon juice in a pan, place on high heat and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer gently, constantly stirring and mashing the berries for maximum flavour extrusion.

Add half the mint and simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Remove from the heat, add the remaining mint and allow to infuse overnight in a suspended muslin bag over
a bowl.

You can store in sterilised bottles for up to a month at room temperature. Once opened transfer to the fridge and use within a week.

Note: You can also swap the strawberries for peeled and diced white peaches.

MAKES 750ml

Originally published in HL March 2015