This is a favorite of mine – the perfect way of capturing summer in a bottle. It’s a mix of strawberries, lemon, ginger, and vanilla – and a lot of sugar.
Ingredients (makes about 1/2 liter of cordial and 1/2 cups jam)
- 750g ripe strawberries – washed, culled, and sliced.
- 1 lemon – slice.
- a generous glug of good vanilla extract.
- a large piece of fresh ginger.
- 500g white sugar.
In a clean pitcher, put the strawberries and roughly slivered ginger. Squeeze the lemon slices and add to the pitcher. Pour all of the sugar on top.
Place in fridge for 12-24 hours.
Drain off the liquid into a clean, pretty bottle that has a good cap/seal. This is your cordial – serve it over ice and mixed with club soda.
Pour the strawberries into a pot. If there is any sugar left in the pitcher, add a bit of water and add to the pot. Bring to a quick boil and remove the strawberry to a jar. Reduce the syrup by half. Remove the lemon and ginger and pour the thicker syrup over the strawberries. Store this in the fridge and serve over ice-cream or yogurt.