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You are Cordially invited…

You are Cordially invited…
You are Cordially invited…

It is going to be a very polite Thursday Tasting at Ardkeen Quality Food Store this week as we look at some fabulous Irish cordials!

Made in small batches using traditional methods, with fruit grown locally or foraged from the surrounding hedgerows, the range of Irish cordials is a delight to explore. Whether for those long hot summer days or cold winter nights: there is a cordial to suit. Packed full of vitamins, fibre, antioxidants and anthocyanins (the beneficial plant pigments which gives fruit and veg their deep purple hues), cordials have been used for their health benefits for centuries. Using the minimum of ingredients, they are a perfect way to provide our bodies with the boost they need after the long winter and this has indeed been a long winter.

Much of our cordial range at Ardkeen Quality Food Store comes from within a 50 mile radius of the store in Waterford. The ever sunny south east provides the perfect growing conditions for wild flowers and berry fruits. Joan & Bob’s Wild Elderflower Cordial, Ciara’s Pantry Cucumber Syrup, Wild About Raspberry Syrup, Naturally Cordial Strawberry (made from fresh Wexford strawberries of course!) & Pink Grapefruit.  Mr Jeffares Irish Blackcurrant Cordial, Richmount Cordial Company Elderberry Cordial and these are but a few!

Perfect to dilute with still or sparkling water, cordials can also be used as mixers for something stronger like a good Irish Whiskey sour or Champagne & Gin for the perfect summer cocktail. As versatile as these cordial are as drinks they are also the perfect tool to pack real flavour and goodness into baking and savoury foods. Think blackcurrant macaroons, cucumber salad dressing, ginger crush tea.

Hare a few cordial suggestions to get us started.

Wild Elderflower Cordial: champagne, gin and elderflower cocktail, use the pink elderflower for even more sophistication!

Irish Gin Kir Cocktail

Cucumber Syrup: fabulous with Gin, Pimms or Vodka. Over ice of course.

Strawberry & Raspberry Cordial drizzled over ice cream or pancakes.

Cinnamon Vanilla Fennel with ice and a slice for the perfect summer cool down.

So pop in store on Thursday from 3 for a taste and a chat.

Julie

  • Joan & Bob’s Wild Elderflower Cordial 250 ml

    Joan & Bob’s Wild Elderflower Cordial 250 ml

    Wild Elderflowers, freshly picked on the sunniest of days are truly the essence of summer. Dilute to taste with sparkling water for why not try champagne, gin and elderflower cocktail. 

    €6.95

  • Joan & Bob’s Lovely Lemonade Syrup 250ml

    Joan & Bob’s Lovely Lemonade Syrup 250ml

    Add a dash to sparkling water for a refreshing taste of summer, or shake with whiskey and ice for a sophisticated whiskey sour. 

    €6.95

  • Ciara’s Pantry Cucumber Syrup 250ml

    Ciara’s Pantry Cucumber Syrup 250ml

    Fabulous with Gin, Pimms or Vodka.
    Dilute with Sparkling Water for a delicious refreshing drink..

    €4.90

  • Wild About Raspberry Syrup 250ml

    Wild About Raspberry Syrup 250ml

    Tangy raspberries make this a delicious syrup. Add a dash to soda and serve over ice for a refreshing summer drink.... Enjoy!

    €4.50

  • Wild About Rhubarb Syrup 250ml

    Wild About Rhubarb Syrup 250ml

    A sweet syrup with a delicious tang of rhubarb. Serve over ice with sparkling water for a refreshing drink, or use drizzled over ice cream and pancakes for dessert.... Enjoy!

    €4.95

  • Wild About Strawberry Syrup 250ml

    Wild About Strawberry Syrup 250ml

    Deliciously succulent seasonal strawberries from Ireland's Sunny South East Coast make this refreshing natural syrup. 

    Drizzle over ice cream, yoghurt, pancakes. Splash a dash in a milkshake. Dilute 8:1 with hot or cold water for a delicious drink. Use as a mix for Mojito or to Pimp your Prosecco!

    €4.95

  • Naturally Cordial Aromatic Lemon Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Aromatic Lemon Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Naturally Cordial Lemon & Lime Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Lemon & Lime Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Naturally Cordial Orange & Lemon Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Orange & Lemon Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Naturally Cordial Pink Grapefruit Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Pink Grapefruit Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Naturally Cordial Strawberry & Pink Grapefruit Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Strawberry & Pink Grapefruit Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Mr Jeffares Irish Blackcurrant Cordial

    Mr Jeffares Irish Blackcurrant Cordial

    Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016

    The Jeffares family have been growing blackcurrants in Wexford for three generations. Des tells us .... 'Here at Ballyskelly Farm we only those varieties that produce the purest juice and natural sweetness, cultivated with care, and a little help from our favourable climate. Now we've bottled it for you to enjoy'.

    Blackcurrants are rich in nature's goodness. Pound for pound they contain three times more vitamin C than oranges. They are also a source of anthrocyanins and antioxidants as well as vitamins A and B. Mr Jeffares Irish blackcurrant cordial has no added sugar. This pure juice is is accentuated by an extract of stevia rebaudians. Also called sweetleaf. Stevia is enjoyed worldwide as a calorie free natural sugar alternative.

    €5.99

  • Richmount Cordial Company Elderberry Cordial 500ml

    Richmount Cordial Company Elderberry Cordial 500ml

    Elderflower Cordial.

    Just add hot water to this rich blend of elderberry juice, infused with spices and fresh oranges, for a delicious comforting, non-alcoholic drink. Made from pressed elderberries - no concentrate, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial ingredients. 

    €7.75

  • Richmount Cordial Company Elderflower Cordial 500ml

    Richmount Cordial Company Elderflower Cordial 500ml

    Elderflower Cordial

    This cordial is made from fresh elderflowers, handpicked om their farm in the heart of the Irish Countryside. It is infused in small batches, then gently pasteurized. The result is a delicious award-winning drink with a refreshing floral taste.

    €6.50

  • Blackwater Small Batch Irish Gin No 5 50cl

    Blackwater Small Batch Irish Gin No 5 50cl

    Blackwater No 5 Gin is distilled in small batches in a traditional copper pot still called Sally. We make it with love and care in West Waterford from the purest spirit and twelve of the finest botanicals. 

    Crisp and elegant, it balances the confident juniper notes of a traditional London Dry Gin with bright coriander, warm cinnamon and zesty lemon. At Blackwater Distillery we're all about the taste. 

    €28.50

  • Kalak Vodka 70cl

    Kalak Vodka 70cl

    Home grown malted barley, pure, cold mountain water, and the patience of stone have come together in this bold spirit named for the Celtic queen of Winter, Kalak, (“An Cailleach”). This vodka which is made from 100% Irish Malted Barley & Pure Mountain Water is Four Times Pot Distilled in West Cork. 

    Kalak is a phonetic spelling of  “Cailleach”, the Irish Celtic Goddess. Kalak was the closest thing the Celts had to mother nature. She was the embodiment of the darker, more powerful side of nature.

    Kalak vodka is great on it's own and makes the perfect ingredient for cocktails!

    40%vol

    €43.50

  • Highbank Orchards Organic Kilkenny Apple Vodka 20cl

    Highbank Orchards Organic Kilkenny Apple Vodka 20cl

    This is the base organic apple vodka from which all Highbank Orchards spirits are derived. It is an excellent basis for cocktails. Highbank Organic Apple Vodka lends a wonderful apple flavour to cocktails bringing one back to balmy autumn days in the orchard with the scent of late blossom in the air. use this instead of vodka in cocktails and wait for the accolades.

    Grown, fermented, distilled & bottled on Highbank Organic Fram, Kilkenny, Ireland.

    €21.99

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