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goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #75 on: June 16, 2014, 05:15:57 pm »
I made double the recipe and put in three quarters of the amount of sugar but I still find it too sweet - I did it with lemons/juice though not citric acid so next time I'll try the citric acid instead.  I can sense there is a better version (for my taste) if I adapt the recipe a bit, trial and error.

Does anyone know if you can just make the syrup (the sugar, water and citric acid) with any other thing such as elderflowers or some other flowers / leaves?  Basic recipe + whatever, if you know what I mean?
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Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #76 on: June 16, 2014, 05:19:12 pm »
I make lemonade to a very similar formula, and there is an elderflower cordial recipe on here somewhere, which is similar.  I think if you add more citric acid and less sugar, it may need less to make a drink up, but may not keep as well.  I tend to freeze the syrup until I need it now.

fiestyredhead331

  • Joined Sep 2012
  • NW Highlands
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Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #77 on: June 16, 2014, 09:54:49 pm »
I made double the recipe and put in three quarters of the amount of sugar but I still find it too sweet - I did it with lemons/juice though not citric acid so next time I'll try the citric acid instead.  I can sense there is a better version (for my taste) if I adapt the recipe a bit, trial and error.

Does anyone know if you can just make the syrup (the sugar, water and citric acid) with any other thing such as elderflowers or some other flowers / leaves?  Basic recipe + whatever, if you know what I mean?
blackcurrant leaves apparently?.....
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goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #78 on: June 17, 2014, 11:06:12 am »
I'll give that a try - my OH uses the fruit for wine making, I'll try the soft option for me and the kiddies!
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

HappyHippy

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Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #79 on: June 17, 2014, 05:59:39 pm »
I made double the recipe and put in three quarters of the amount of sugar but I still find it too sweet - I did it with lemons/juice though not citric acid so next time I'll try the citric acid instead.  I can sense there is a better version (for my taste) if I adapt the recipe a bit, trial and error.

Does anyone know if you can just make the syrup (the sugar, water and citric acid) with any other thing such as elderflowers or some other flowers / leaves?  Basic recipe + whatever, if you know what I mean?
Yes  ;)
I made gooseberry and ginger using the same base recipe.
I found it too sweet with the full sugar content (even using citric acid) but knocked it back a bit without issue.
Do you find it too sweet even diluted? I only use a little when mixing it because it goes a LONG way  :innocent:

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #80 on: June 17, 2014, 09:15:08 pm »
Yes, but I don't have a sweet tooth generally.  It does make me want to try other recipe variations though, esp over the hols with the kiddies who still enjoy a good mixing and messing session.
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

 

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