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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

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