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Homemade cordial recipe

The perfect drink for those warmer days, this homemade raspberry cordial from Jamie Oliver is so refreshing.

This recipe is made from only 3 ingredients, but it’ll work with almost any type of berry - rather than just raspberries, try using a mix of strawberries, blueberries and blackcurrants instead.

It’s so quick and easy to make, and once you’re done you can dilute it with water, soda or even Prosecco.

Nutritional content

Servings: 1.2 litres

Prep time: 20 minutes


24 kcal

Total fat











  • 600g raspberries

  • 2 lemons

  • 250g golden caster sugar


  1. Put a saucepan over a medium heat then add the raspberries and 300ml of water.

  2. Using a peeler, peel the zest from the lemons and add it to the pan.

  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the fruit has broken down. Make sure you stir the mixture regularly, and don’t let it boil.

  4. Put a piece of kitchen roll at the bottom of a sieve, then strain the fruit-water mixture into a bowl.

  5. Pour this mixture back into the pan, then add the sugar and the juice of both lemons.

  6. Put the pan over a medium-low heat and cook the mixture. Stir it regularly until the sugar has dissolved.

  7. Pour it into a sterilised bottle or jar.


To store: Once the juice has cooled down, put the bottle in a cool dark place for up to one month. To help it last a little longer, the bottle will also keep in the fridge.


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