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
  • Serves 11
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 103
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 26g
  • sugars 26g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 0g
  • salt 0g


  • 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


  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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