damson cordial

a really tasty refreshing drink:




Pick over the damsons removing leaves and any that have gone bad, then place them whole in a large saucepan with water up to about half the level of the damsons. Cover and boil, for about 40 - 60 mins. . The liquid level should rise and the damson disintegrate and stones fall out. Put all of this pulp in a jelly bag and strain overnight.

Next day, measure the volume of juice, and place back in the pan, and add the same volume of sugar. Bring gently to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 2 minutes. Pour into sterile bottles and allow to cool, before storing in the fridge. I doubt very much it will keep (not sure as we drank ours pretty fast!) so freeze what you will not consume in the next few days.

To serve - dilute with water to taste, either with still or sparkling water. Or use as a mixer.

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