Sunday, 19 July 2009

Cherry and Ginger Cordial

When we were kids I can vividly remember getting more than excited at the sound of the 'pop van' arriving in our street. My cousin Jannine and I would race out with the empties, swap them for a penny each and then choose our favourite pop to guzzle.

Jannine's was pretty much Cream Soda every time but for me it was Cherryade. Now I don't want to come across all northern and downtrodden but I think the closest I every got to an actual cherry was a bag of cherry lips (remember them?) and that artificial cherry flavour and colour seemed to pass onto the drink form perfectly. Those 70's summers were happy days for us and amazingly, the 'pop van' seemed to make it just that bit more special. We were easily pleased.

We don't get 'pop vans' these days and I can't remember the last time I saw any cherryade. That of course if probably a good thing. But you can simply make your own cherry cordial with a bag of juicy cherries that replicate the actual flavour of cherry as opposed to E287 and E992 which I drank in large quantities all those years ago.

The ginger in this 'cordial' is optional but adds an interesting heat. And from this you can make an instant sauce for duck, a filling for a sponge cake, a sauce for ice cream or the way I like to do it, in a glass with lots of ice and soda poured on top for a rustic home made cherryade. Push it through a sieve if you don't like 'bits' but sometimes life is just too short.

Cherry and Ginger Cordial

200g cherries, stoned
1 piece of stem ginger, roughly chopped
2 tbsp ginger syrup from the jar
4 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp water

1 - Put the cherries, stem ginger, ginger syrup, sugar and water into a pan. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the cherries are really soft.
2 - Pour it all into a blender and blend until smooth then pour into a sterilised bottle. It will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.


Cooking With Dia said...

I used to love cherry soda, but haven't seen it anywhere in the UK,thanks for your recipe. :)

Bellini Valli said...

For us it was the ice cream truck that would come by once a week. I waited for its musical lyrics every Friday night as a kid.This cordial is the grown up version of cherryade. A pure delight David:D

jannine said...

oh the good old days Cuz! That pop van caused some excitement in our house! What about American Cream Soda though - remember that one?

Sylvie said...

That looks great David and I bet it is really refreshing and yummy. I saw some cherryade just the other day wondering why anybody would drink it!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Oh, that sounds sooo good. I love cherry sauce, especially with chocolate cake or ice cream ;)

We received the Local Food Advisor chest of sweets a while ago, so by the time I got a chance to post about it, children ate all the sweets ;) I did not really try them but yes, there were flying saucers ;))) My 4 year old loved them!

Have a good day, Margot

Chef Jeena said...

I remember cherry lips! They were always really hard to chew if I remember correctly, a bit like those little floral ones that tasted like soap.

I would love to try this cherry drink David because I love cherries and ginger - what a fantastic combination. :-)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks perfect! I love it! Such a perfect thing to do with cherries. Preserve some and then you have a taste of summer in the winter! Bravo, David!

Trig said...

Cherries are so important to our national cuisine - both sweet and savoury - and I'm glad to see a lot of activity around Cherry Week and the food blogging community. Let's do everything we can to assert the importance of this quintessential British fruit.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Very much liking the sound of that, David!

I'm no fan of cherryade, but love cherries. And, as luck would have it, have a big bag of them fresh from Kent in my fridge... Guess what use they're going to be put to now?!

Helen said...

ooh yeah, loving the duck idea too! We didn't have a pop van but my nan used to get it delivered from the milkman. I wasn't allowed pop at home so it was always exciting when we went over there. Loved those cherry lips too!

Jacqueline said...

I was more a cream soda kind of a gal, but I wouldn't take much persuasion to try this! Great recipe David. Oh and I love cherry lips, those and floral gums were high on my list of priorities. Oh how I wish they would make them without gelatin and the cola bottles, shrimps, gummy bears, jelly babies, fruit pastilles...... you get the idea :(