Black Currant/Blackberry Cordial

Black currants and blackberries are equally delectable in this fruit concentrate. If using blackberries, be sure to strain the mixture after cooking to remove the seeds.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 16


  • 4 cups black currants or blackberries, stems removed
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Juice and peel of 1 large orange


  • Place berries with brown sugar and water in a nonreactive pot. Bring contents to a low and steady simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Simmer until the berries begin to pop, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the orange juice and peel; simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Carefully, taste the cordial and add more sugar, if desired. Remove from heat and cool for 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. Discard pulp.
  • Pour the concentrated juice into a sterilized bottle, cover, and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. Add chilled plain or sparkling water and serve over ice.