Nettle Cordial Recipe

Nettle Cordial makes a wonderfully refreshing Springtime drink. When friends put it to the taste test, pretty much everyone agreed that they couldn’t think of a single taste that this Nettle Cordial Recipe resembled.

There is so much that you can do with Nettles, and this is a great way to get those more reserved family members and friends to sample wild food.

  • 200g freshly picked nettle tops
  • 1kg granulated sugar
  • 40g citric acid
  • 500ml boiling water
  • Sterile glass bottles with tops, either screw or cork

Step 1

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Collect, wash and spin dry in a salad spinner 200g of nettle tops.

Step 2

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Weigh out 1kg of granulated sugar

Step 3

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Measure out 40g of citric acid. Citric acid can often be found in health shops or home brewing shops.

Step 4

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Add the granulated sugar, citric acid and water to a large saucepan, and heat the mixture until it reaches 60 degrees C, then remove from the heat.

Step 5

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Now add the Nettle leaves, and stir well so that they get covered with the liquid, then cover and leave for a week. Make sure that you stir your Nettle Cordial mixture daily.

Step 6

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After a week is up, sterilise your bottles, then strain the liquid through a sieve or colander and bottle.

My batch lasted about 4 weeks. After opening a bottle, make sure that you refrigerate your Nettle Cordial.

Comments

  1. Richard Paget says

    Love the idea of nettle cordial …… a couple of questions, if poss? …
    – Do you have to keep the mix in a steel pan for the week? Could one pour into a large plastic (food grade) container?
    – When you say cover – does air need to get in – I have a 20 litre ‘barrel’ with a screw top – if ok, would swilling and shaking work as well as stirring?
    – You say it lasted 4 weeks … would it last longer if pasteurised … ie heated up in the bottles to 72.4 c for 20 mins, as per apple juice?
    Very many thanks …. love the rosehip hue – any idea why it goes that colour? best regards Richard Paget

  2. eatweeds says

    Q: Do you have to keep the mix in a steel pan for the week? Could one pour into a large plastic (food grade) container?

    A: Yes

    Q: When you say cover – does air need to get in – I have a 20 litre ‘barrel’ with a screw top – if ok, would swilling and shaking work as well as stirring?

    A: I would assume so as this is not a ferment, you are simply making cordial.

    Q: You say it lasted 4 weeks … would it last longer if pasteurised … ie heated up in the bottles to 72.4 c for 20 mins, as per apple juice?

    A: I assume that it would last longer.

    Q: Very many thanks …. love the rosehip hue – any idea why it goes that colour?

    A: No idea.

  3. Marian Logie says

    Hi !
    Can I just check with you how long the bottles will keep unopened, if they are NOT kept in a fridge?

    * We made some last year; a wonderful pink colour from using the purple heads of the nettles. We were told about the medieval recipe from a stall holder at a medieval fayre.

    • says

      Sorry Marian, I can’t answer that one. Leaving anything unopened and not refrigerated will “go off” unless you heave in loads of citric acid or ascorbic acid and even then there are no guarantees.

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