Summer has finally arrived and with it picnics, barbecues and outdoor drinking and dining of all kinds. Wares of Knutsford’s range includes a variety of bottles for cordial, lemonade, punch and summery cocktails galore
Swing top cordial bottles
While cordial bottles can be found in various styles, the swing top bottle is appropriately traditional in this case. The Wares of Knutsford range includes a number of different shapes and sizes of swing top bottles, and even different colours. Stoppers are in ceramic or resin and the bottles can be bought singly or in packs.
Take a look at the rest of Wares of Knutsford’s bottle range, which includes various decorative and practical options in glass and plastic and with lids including cork stoppers and screw caps.
Summer cordial bottles
A wonderfully refreshing alternative to hot tea in summer
- 6 teabags
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 10 sprigs fresh mint
- 300ml orange juice (ideally freshly squeezed)
- Juice of 1 lime
Pour 1.2 litres of boiling water over the teabags, sugar and mint springs and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain into a jug and leave to cool, then stir in the orange and lime juices. Keep in a sealed bottle in the fridge and serve over plenty of ice cubes with slices of orange and lime and some more fresh mint to garnish.
Lemon, vanilla and elderflower cordial
A light, floral flavoured concentrate that makes a refreshing drink when diluted with water 1 to 5, but can also be used to make creamy desserts such as fool or syllabub.
- 1kg caster sugar
- 2 lemons, halved and with a strip of peel reserved (unwaxed, organic fruits are best here)
- 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out and reserved
- 1 tablespoon powdered citric acid or vitamin C
- 30-40 elderflowers, rinsed
Put the sugar, lemons, vanilla pod and the citric acid or vitamin C powder into a large saucepan with 2 litres of water. Slowly bring to the boil and keep boiling rapidly to reduce the liquid by about half before removing the pan from the heat.
Put the elderflowers into the pan and stir through, then allow the mixture to cool completely. Strain the cordial through a sieve lined with a piece of clean muslin cloth into a clean saucepan. Stir in the vanilla seeds. Add a strip of lemon peel and the vanilla pod to your bottle then fill to the top with the cordial and store in the fridge.