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.