29 September 2014

MOO Monday: Raspberry Cordial

At the  Lets All MOO workshop on Saturday I demonstrated just how easy it is to make your own cordial, full of good things and nothing nasty added. I made up Orange and Lemon on Saturday and it is just delicious.

We don't buy soft drinks in our house. In fact we very rarely buy drinks at all apart from tea, coffee and milk. I like to make them. I like to be able to control what goes into them, especially the sugar! I like knowing that the drinks I serve to my family and friends are not only delicious but healthier too.

Yesterday was quite warm and while everyone was happy to enjoy Orange and Lemon Cordial, the boys requested raspberry cordial.

Raspberry Cordial

500g raspberries
3 cups sugar
1 tsp citric acid
Juice 1 lemon
500ml boiling water
1.5 litres cold water

Dissolve the sugar and citric acid in the boiling water in a large bowl. Place the raspberries in a blender or food processor and puree. Add the pureed raspberries, lemon juice and 1.5 litres of cold water to the sugar water mixture. Stir to combine. If you don't want the seeds in your cordial strain it before bottling.

To serve use one part cordial to four parts cold water or soda water or plain mineral water.

My raspberry cordial is one I make using frozen berries, lemon juice, sugar and citric acid.

This cordial isn't cheap to make. I use frozen berries, usually from Aldi, unless I can get them cheaper at NQR.
Five hundred grams of frozen raspberries costs $3.99 at Aldi, the sugar costs 60 cents, citric acid is 25 cents, lemons are free if you grow your own or up to 80 cents each if you buy them (try and find a friend with a lemon tree). The total cost for two litres of raspberry cordial is $4.84, not the cheapest cordial you can buy but by no means the most expensive either.

But if you like raspberry cordial, this one is delicious and much, much healthier for you and your family.

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  1. Hi Cath I have just come across your blog and I am looking at ways to reduce spending and household expenses. I want to be able to go on family holiday with kids but while they were growing up all money went on them and school, sports activities etc. Never could afford holidays. Now they are independent money still seems to be short. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog for ideas. Got as far as seeing one of your recipes for raspberry cordial going to try how long do they keep?

    1. Hi Cheryl and welcome!

      Life goes in stages, we just have to remember that some stages don't allow us to always do the things we want to do (holidays!) but we can always find a way to celebrate and relax, plenty of ideas for holidays at home etc. around.

      We went camping when our children were small, we still prefer camping to any other type of holiday. We used a borrowed tent and scraped together whatever else we needed from home, found free camping spots within a couple of hours of home and off we'd go. We didn't do theme parks etc, they were just too expensive, but our children never asked to go to them and tell me they never really missed them. We always spent time together as a family, and with extended family, so they had plenty of other kids to play with and now they are very close to their cousins and still do lots of things together.

      The raspberry cordial will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge. If you want to make more or keep it longer I suggest you preserve it in a hot water bath. It is delicious and I make one batch at a time and keep it in the fridge. It rarely lasts the two weeks though :)


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