yummy scrummy cordials
We had such good intentions for some creative-use-of-cordial wizardry when these Five Valleys beauties arrived. Then Britain basked in a heatwave and before we knew it our recycling bin was full. The brand new Cherry and Beetroot flavour lasted all of 2 days! I knew I’d love it as it filled me with nostalgia for a German drink called a Ki-ba made of kirsch cherry and banana juice. It’s impossible to re-create here since our supermarkets don’t stock either as thick pure juices (needed so the red and yellow juices don’t merge into one until you begin to drink it)
Peach and Lychee was also a new flavour this summer. I had wanted to use it in cooking as a sugar alternative but, well you know what didn’t happen. All of the Five Valleys cordials have a beautifully fragrant smell – so much so the Peach and Lychee that I quite liked making drinks and leaving them on the side for a bit to fragrance the room! We also enjoyed the Coconut and Kaffir Lime and Apricot and Ginger. Each time we opened a different bottle we wondered if we’d like it as much as the last; each time we found ourselves pondering our favourites anew.
Trying these wonderful flavour combinations did inspire me to at least turn a less than perfect fruit eating experience into a pleasant drinking one when I had some lovely sweet plums with very tough, sour skins. I boiled them up along with some similarly sweet but tough skinned gooseberries. Not a bad combination but I’ve a long way to go to even come close to the cordial making mastery of Five Valleys.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these cordials to review. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.