Thursday, 5 September 2013

summer berry and pernod cordial

... i've never really been one for pickling or preserving, I guess i'm generally quite a lazy cook and it always seemed to me that the whole canning and bottling process was time consuming... and that you needed lots of gadgets but clearly I was wrong and with the amazing quickjars delivery I received in July I have jars and bottle galore to fulfil their true purpose in life... to be honest i'd never even thought of making my own cordial or juice, or even my own home-made wine but one of the new categories in our local village show was a cordial or drink and I guess it spurred me on to get creative...

... as it turns out our lovely and very jolly local pub landlord Keith had nominated The Viking and I to judge this particular category so I couldn't enter my cordial in the end anyway... even though a few people suggest I entered it anonymously I felt that would have been a little too underhand, even for me... we had a blast tasting all the drinks - maybe too much of a blast - and there were some very interesting entries including the winning one which was a Silver Birch wine... I shall have to get the recipe and share it with you good folk soon...

summer berry and pernod cordial
as a few of you have pointed out I am currently obsessed with red... it's not officially my favourite colour and to be honest I have very little to do with it, it's simply the colour of summer fruits once they've been smooshed down into a pulp... and it's such a glorious, deep red too, so bloody and full of life... it's a joy to see when you open the fridge. I wanted to lead away from the sweetly saccharine flavours ever so slightly so the addition of the pernod and star anise gives this a deep aniseed undertone which is really rather glorious and whilst the alcohol burns off in the cooking process it still makes this drink feel very mature...

400g mixed berries - I used a frozen pack from our local lincolnshire cooperative store
2-3 tablespoons of caster sugar - you may want it sweeter but I like it a little sharp
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 star anise
a dash of pernod
250ml water

gently warm the berries and star anise in a pan and let them bubble away until they are very soft, you may want to crush them up a little too

pass it through a fine sieve into a bowl and place the pulp back into the pan to which you add the water sugar and pernod and let it heat again for about 4 minutes, after which pass it through the sieve again into the bowl.  Discard the pulp and stir the liquid.

bottle, label and store... it should keep un-opened for 3 months or in the fridge for a month, once opened.

drink and of course, enjoy!


  1. I seem to becoming more and more lazy when it comes to cooking - trying to find shortcuts at every chance I can :)
    The cordial sounds lovely.. and I love the look of it. The perfect summer drink!

  2. Very interesting! Leaves Sloe Gin in the shade, methinks...

  3. Mmm ... make mine in a flute and top it off with some sparkling wine and a perfect raspberry and mint leaf garnish ... thank you!

  4. This looks AMAZING. I've wanted to try something like this, I have no experience with cordials...they sound so old fashioned! i bet the star anise gives this a wonderful background note. Can't wait to try.

  5. I'm sure it's delicious, but unfortunately, I had an 'incident' involving rather a large amount of Pernod in my teens and the very thought of it turns my stomach. Gorgeous colour though, and as an avid preserver, I have serious jar envy

  6. Dominic, this sounds (and looks) lovely! Would make a perfect addition to my afternoon tea table in the gazebo later this month!

  7. DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and the cocktail looks good too! :-) LOVE photo number one, it is a stunner Do, Karen

  8. Refreshing drink for any time Dom.

  9. Guess I'm lazy too as I've never been one for pickling or preserving either. This looks delicious and refreshing. Cheers!

  10. I am sure you really didn't discard that lovely red berry mush? I am sure you added it to some other dessert/cake?
    Have never made cordial......should correct that me thinks.

  11. Sounds gorgeous - cordials certainly can be quite sweet but I love the creativeness you've put into this one!

  12. This sounds so good Dom and how much fun to be a judge too!

  13. You had me at Pernod! Nice to see someone other than me who appreciates its loveliness! Most people seem to turn their nose up at it..oh well more for us!

    The cordial looks delicious, I love the deep berry colour.


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