Jason’s award-winning blood orange and rose geranium cordial

Jason’s award-winning blood orange and rose geranium cordial

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Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Makes
1.5 litres
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

Jason, my daytime head chef at Pope Joan, loves making a cordial or two. From his concoctions we always have a seasonal spritzer on the drinks menu at the Pope; he even makes them into icy poles (popsicles/ice lollies) during the warmer months. Cordials truly are a great way to capture a season in a bottle. Why award-winning? Well I’ll leave that to you to ask him, if you happen to pop in to Pope Joan.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
750ml blood orange juice, (you will need 16-18 blood oranges)
250ml orange juice
800g sugar
3 cardamom pods
4 star anise
15g citric acid, (see glossary)
12 rose geranium leaves

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients, except the rose geranium leaves, in a large pot. Stir in 250 ml water and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then ladle off any impurities that have risen to the top.
  3. Take off the heat and add the rose geranium leaves. Leave to infuse until cool, then strain into sterilised bottles and seal.
  4. Keep in a cool dark place for up to 6 months. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 8 weeks.
Tags:
salad
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