Friday, 22 September 2017

Demijohn cordials – a tasty alternative to alcohol

It looks like quite a few people are going Sober for October this year. As a drinks blog, you may think that might be a tricky one for us to work around, but no…!

Demijohn, the liquid deli based in Edinburgh (it's a bit like Vom Fass if you've seen those around) has six handmade cordials that might make Sober October – or any night you’re not on the booze – a bit more tasty.

You’ve got a choice of Nettle, Elderflower, Raspberry, Lemon and Mint, Rhubarb and Ginger, and Lime and Chilli. Yum.

I’ve been working my way through the Lime and Chilli. It’s a nice combination of sweet and sour, with a bit of lingering chilli heat. My only problem is that I’m a bit of a cordial/squash addict, so I’m getting through it a bit quicker than I'd like to.

Demijohn suggests using 25ml of cordial with 250ml of still or sparkling water, or tonic. Add ice and slices of fruit and you've got yourself a mocktail of sorts.

The cordials are all made by Charlotte Grant, a micro producer in Suffolk. She’s been making her cordials from hedgerow ingredients found around her home. Because the ingredients are British grown or foraged, most of the cordials are seasonal – be quick if you want that elderflower one; it’s only around for a few weeks in June.

The cordials are priced at £6.45 for 100ml (so you'll get around four servings out of that), £9.95 for 375ml and £12.75 for 500ml, and are available in the Demijohn shop in Edinburgh’s old town – if you’re up that way – and via their website.

They’re not the cheapest, but if you don’t down it by the pint like a Summer Fruits supermarket squash, you’ll be able to make it last.

The cordials come in cute sealed glass bottles, and you can add handwritten messages, so they’ll also make very nice stocking fillers (Christmas is closer than you think!!). Just be careful you don’t get a bit lost in a buying spree on the Demijohn website… they’ve got everything from liqueurs, to oils and vinegars, and sauces.

Disclaimer: I was sent a 100ml bottle of the Lime and Chilli cordial for review. All opinions are my own, and not influenced by slightly spicy cordial.

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