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Sloe berry cordial

Have a go at this sloe berry cordial recipe, which you can use in mocktails or just as a tasty daytime drink.

For an alcoholic alternative, try this sloe gin recipe!


  • 1kg sloe berries
  • 1l water
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • Granulated sugar 80g per 100ml liquid

You will also need a muslin cloth.


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Step 1

Bring the sloe berries, water and lemon juice to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes

Step 2

Break up the cooked sloes with a wooden spoon or potato masher, don’t worry about the stones as you will sieve them out later

Step 3

Once the sloes have been broken up, simmer for a further 10 minutes

Step 4

Pour the mixture through a sieve. If you would like your cordial to be clear, line your sieve with muslin and don’t push the pulp through. However, if you’d like a little colour, don’t use a muslin

Step 5

Next you will need to measure the juice to calculate the amount of sugar required (80g per 100ml)

Step 6

Clean the pan you used, pour the juice back in, add the sugar and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely

Step 7

Once dissolved, bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for another 10 minutes. When the cordial has cooled, bottle up and use when you like

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