If you have plenty of red currant (or is it redcurrant?) in your garden or from a friends garden, then I can highly recommend making a batch of this Swedish red currant cordial (syrup). Especially if you have kids it is great to always have some homemade cordial/syrup at hand.
Recipe: Swedish red currant cordial (röd vinbärssaft)
- 2 kg red currant
- 400 ml water
- 600 g sugar use 400 g per litre of liquid
- 1,5 ml sodium benzoate optional
- Sterilize the bottles (bottles to hold around 1,5 litres). Boil the bottles in a big pot for 10 min.
- Rinse the berries and remove bad ones, but you don't need to remove them from the stem
- Bring the berries and water to a boil and let it boil under lid for 10 min
- Use a ladle to mash the berries
- Strain through a muslin, coffee filter, cheesecloth or similar fine mesh sieve. Let it strain through for around 30 min
- Measure the liquid and add 400 g sugar to every litre in a pot
- Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar then remove the froth.
- If you are using sodium benzoate then take a cup of liquid and mix it with first before mixing it all in the big pot
- Fill upp the bottles and place in fridge once it has cooled
- To make a refreshing juice you need to add 4-5 parts of cold water for every part of red currant syrup