With this month’s seasonal ingredients featuring a number of options ideal for making delicious cordials, now is a good time to stock up on a selection of glass bottles to store and present your cordial endeavours.
Choosing glass swingtop bottles from Wares of Knutsford
Like jams and chutneys, cordials don’t tend to be made in small quantities so it makes sense to bulk buy a set of suitable bottles to benefit from quantity discounts. Wares charge the same delivery price no matter how much you buy, for even better economies of scale. There are glass swingtop bottles available in various different shapes and sizes, either plain or decorated. You can also choose from ceramic or resin type stoppers, but the slightly more expensive ceramic stoppers are most popular at the moment for their traditional look.
Recipes for Your Swingtop Bottles
These cordials make a great and grown up alternative to alcoholic drinks for designated drivers attending a party or simply to accompany a picnic on a sunny day.
- 500g fresh raspberries
- 500g caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Put all the ingredients into a large, heavy bottomed pan and heat on low for 10 minutes, mashing the fruit gently as it cooks until the mixture becomes smooth and syrupy. Push the contents of the pan through a sieve into another clean pan.
Remove the seeds and pulp from the sieve and mix with 300ml of water then push through the sieve again to get out every last bit of flavour. Stir the sieved liquid well and boil for one minute. Pour the cordial into sterilised glass swingtop bottles and seal. The cordial can be stored in a cool, dark place for a few months and should be kept in the fridge once opened. Deliciously refreshing served with soda on ice.
Apple, elderflower & mint sparkle
- 75ml elderflower cordial
- 1 litre cloudy apple juice
- Handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
Pour the ingredients into a couple of glass swingtop bottles and store in the fridge. Serve in glasses half filled with ice and topped up with sparkling water.
Citrus peach cooler
- Juice of lemons
- Juice of limes
- Peach nectar
- Cloudy lemonade
Store the peach nectar, lemon and lime juice in swing top bottles in equal measure. To serve, pour into glasses half filled with ice, topped up with lemonade and garnished with thin slices of lemon and lime, strawberries and a few sprigs of fresh mint.