Tina’s winter warmer


Country girl Tina has been busy in the kitchen just lately – if you were listening to the show on Saturday, you’ll have heard her talking about making the most of the copious quantities of blackberries she picked and froze during the summer…

Here’s her recipe for Blackberry Cordial from one of her favourite cookbooks, Country Harvest by Linda Burgess and Rosamond Richardson (Ebury Press 1990).

The original recipe calls for brandy but rum or vodka work just as well, she says! Perfect as a celebratory tot for Christmas or New Year’s Eve – but keep some in reserve to fight off January coughs and colds…

Blackberry Cordial

  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 900g blackberries, hulled
  • 450g granulated sugar
  • ¼ whole nutmeg (or about 1tsp of ground nutmeg)
  • 25g whole cloves (or ground equivalent)
  • 15g cinnamon stick (or ground equivalent)
  • 300ml vodka (or brandy or rum)


  • Put the blackberries in a blender or food processor with a little of the sugar.
  • Whizz to a puree then sieve.
  • Put the sieved puree into a pan with the rest of the sugar and the spices.
  • Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly then add the vodka (brandy/rum).
  • Bottle and set aside.
  • Strain before using and drink the cordial neat in tot-sized glasses, add to sparkling wine, water or ginger beer as a cocktail or – especially good at this time of year – top up with hot water for a drink to warm the cockles of your heart…