Summer is flying by. We’ve had water fights in the shower, been bike riding with cousins, sung along with the Muppets, and picked strawberries in Waipukurau. And despite the weird amounts of rain, we’ve managed to capture the taste of summer in a glass by making this ruby-red strawberry cordial. It keeps for about a week and a half in the fridge. Only if you don’t drink it all at once, that is.
The recipe comes from NZ Gardener‘s Homegrown Berries, and is so simple to make:
2 cups of sugar (I used less)
2 cups of water
500 grams of strawberries, hulled
1/4 cup lemon juice
Place sugar and water in a pot over a medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 5-6 minutes until syrupy. Set aside to cool.
Blend firm, undamaged berries in your food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve to remove seeds (this takes a while!). Combine strawberry puree with sugar syrup and lemon juice. Stir well.
Serve in glasses, topped up with soda water and ice. Sit back, relax and savour the sweet, sweet taste of summer.