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.
Collect, wash and spin dry in a salad spinner 200g of nettle tops.
Weigh out 1kg of granulated sugar
Measure out 40g of citric acid. Citric acid can often be found in health shops or home brewing shops.
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.
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.
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.
Robin is a forager and self-taught ethnobotanist. He specialises in wild edible plants and has been running foraging courses throughout the UK since 2008. He travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures.