Recipe: Nasturtium ‘Cola’

A fun one for you this month – sure to bring a splash of colour-packed flavour to your day no matter how grey the skies at the moment! Make your own refreshing cola flavoured cordial using nasturtium blooms & a sprig of lemon verbena, here’s how..

WHAT YOU’LL NEED..

Makes 1 litre (approx)

WHAT TO DO WITH IT ALL..

  1. Add the water & sugar to a saucepan & heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the nasturtium flowers & sprig of lemon verbena to the pan, mix to ensure the botanicals are submerged in the hot syrup & leave to infuse for 24-48 hours. What’s incredible is despite using a mix of yellow & orange flowers the syrup develops a brilliant pink colour!
  3. Filter the liquid through a jelly bag, muslin or a clean cloth into a jug or bowl to remove the flowers.
  4. Decant into sterlised bottles & store in the fridge for up to 2 months. Keep for longer by freezing in plastic bottles just make sure you leave for the liquid to expand on freezing!

SERVING SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR NASTURTIUM ‘COLA’

  • Serve with sparkling water/wine, ice & some fresh mint or lemon verbena for a refreshing Summer drink! Have a glass as part our garden tour & three-course lunch feast.
  • Drizzle over a stack of freshly made pancakes & cream for an indulgent breakfast. Enjoy this with a stay in our botanical themed accommodation.
  • Use as a base for the most refreshing sorbet. To make a batch of sorbet, add 400ml syrup, 200ml water & one egg white to an ice cream machine & churn to perfection.

We hope you enjoy our Nasturtium ‘Cola’ – cheers!

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