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Gooseberry & mint lemonade

Make your own concentrated fruit cordial to serve with sparkling water over lots of ice

  • Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 10 mins
    plus cooling
  • Makes 700ml (about 11 servings once dilluted)
  • Easy
  • Makes 700ml (about 11 servings once dilluted)
  • Easy
  • Calories 103
  • Carbohydrates 26
  • Saturated Fat 0
  • Sugar 26
  • Protein 0
  • Fat 0
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 0

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 103
  • Carbohydrates 26
  • Saturated Fat 0
  • Sugar 26
  • Protein 0
  • Fat 0
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 0

Ingredients

  • 250g caster or granulated sugar
  • 3 large lemons, plus more to serve
  • 350g gooseberries, topped and tailed, then halved
  • mint leaves from 3 sprigs, plus extra to serve
  • ice and sparkling water, to serve

Method

  1. In a large pan, gently melt the sugar in 250ml water. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, pare away a few long strips of lemon zest. Squeeze the juice to give about 100ml.

  2. Add the zest, juice, gooseberries and mint leaves to the pan, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5-10 mins until the gooseberries are very soft, then mash with a potato masher and leave to cool. Strain through a sieve, pressing the flesh well to extract the juices, then chill thoroughly.

  3. To serve, dilute 4 tbsp of the lemonade base with 100ml sparkling water (or to taste), adding extra ice, lemon and mint.

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