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Nettle & Ginger Cordial

This nettle cordial is a delightful way to enjoy the unique flavour of nettles and the ginger and lemon really provides a beautiful backdrop for this delicious cordial.

Takes 25 minutes

Serves 10


  • 1 litre 4 cups water
  • 150 g 5.3 oz fresh nettle leaves, washed
  • 400 g 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons


  • Prepare the Nettles and ginger: Wearing gloves, carefully pick the fresh nettle leaves, avoiding any stems. Rinse them thoroughly under cold water. Peel and finely dice the fresh ginger
  • Make the syrup: In a large saucepan, combine the water, nettles, ginger, zest and juice from the lemons and the sugar. Heat over a high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has completely dissolved to create a syrup.
  • Simmer: Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, allowing the nettles to infuse their flavour into the syrup.
  • Strain: Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain the cordial mixture into a clean container, discarding the nettle leaves and any solids.
  • Cool and Store: Let the cordial cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer it to sterilised bottles or jars. Seal tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Serve: To enjoy, dilute the nettle cordial with still or sparkling water, adjusting the ratio to taste. You can also add ice cubes and garnish with fresh lemon or orange slices for an extra refreshing drink.
Keyword cordial, drink, drinks, foraging, ginger, nettle, nettle cordial
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