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Blackberry fizz cocktail


Makes: 1 litre of cordial
timePrep time: 10 mins
timeTotal time:
Blackberry fizz cocktail
Recipe photograph by Kris Kirkham

Blackberry fizz cocktail

Love foraging? Turn your wild blackberries into a homemade cordial with our autumnal blackberry fizz cocktail recipe - just add bubbles...

Makes: 1 litre of cordial
timePrep time: 10 mins
timeTotal time:

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Ailsa Brown

Ailsa Brown

Ailsa is our former Food Assistant. She loves creating delicious food that can be whipped up without a fuss and is always thinking about her next meal. She has a thing for pickles, anchovies and Japanese street food.
See more of Ailsa Brown’s recipes
Ailsa Brown

Ailsa Brown

Ailsa is our former Food Assistant. She loves creating delicious food that can be whipped up without a fuss and is always thinking about her next meal. She has a thing for pickles, anchovies and Japanese street food.
See more of Ailsa Brown’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1kg blackberries, washed, a sharp type is best
  • 200g caster sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • chilled Prosecco, to serve

Step by step

Get ahead

The cordial keeps for up to 2 months in the fridge, if poured into sterilised bottles or jars*

  1. Tip the blackberries into a large saucepan with 1 litre of water.

  2. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 10-15 minutes, until the berries start to break down.

  3. Line a fine sieve with muslin or kitchen paper and set it over a large bowl.

  4. Strain the juice, holding the blackberries back at first. Once most of the juice has filtered through, tip the blackberries into the lined sieve and let the rest of the juice drip through slowly (don’t press the berries, as this will make the cordial cloudy). Leave for at least 1 hour, or simply leave to strain overnight in the fridge.

    Tip

    For a smart soft drink, dilute 1 part cordial to 3 or 4 parts sparkling water.

  5. Pour the strained juice back into the pan (discard the blackberries), and add the sugar and lemon juice. Heat, stirring, until the sugar has completelydissolved.Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  6. To serve, pour 2 tablespoons of blackberry cordial into a coupe glass or flute and top up with Prosecco.

    Tip

    *Sterilise your jar for 5 minutes in a medium-hot oven (190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5). 

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