yummy scrummy cordials

September 10, 2013 at 5:29 am 2 comments

14-7-13 - Five Valleys cordials 4BWe 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)14-7-13 - E sipping five valleys cordial 2 4B
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.10-8-13 - plum and gooseberry mix
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.2-8-13 - gooseberry and plum cordial 4B
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.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Denise  |  September 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Autumn is here I think – certainly today and the urge to cook and create is wafting in through the breeze.

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  • 2. Becky  |  September 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    So pleased you enjoyed them all thank you for all your lovely comments 🙂 becky@fivevalleyscordials.co.uk

    Reply

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