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Blood plum cordial

You'll need

500 gm blood plums, stones removed, coarsely chopped About 275 gm (1¼ cups) white sugar 1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only 25 ml each lemon juice and orange juice 1 tbsp white vinegar To serve: soda water or good-quality lemonade To serve: lime wedges and ice cubes


  • 01
  • Combine plums and 2 cups water in a saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing to extract juice, discard solids, then strain liquid through muslin and measure liquid.
  • 02
  • In a clean pan, combine plum liquid and an equal quantity of sugar and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add vanilla seeds and juices, bring to the boil, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vinegar and stir to combine, then transfer to a sterile glass bottle, seal and refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • To serve, pour cordial into glasses, top up with soda water or lemonade to taste, add ice and a squeeze of lime.

At A Glance

  • Serves 2 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 2 people

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Apr 2007

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