Spring’s sunshine is out and shoppers are thinking about adding bottles of squash and cordials to their shopping list. Should it be a bottle of cordial or squash that you put in the trolley? The information below may help you make a more informed choice.
Squashes are mainly aimed at children – and laced with artificial flavourings and sweeteners. To capture the adult market, most producers have a ‘high juice’ range – normally containing 50% juice. Unfortunately, most are still fortified with flavourings, acids, preservatives, sugars or sweeteners. Not as healthy as that 50% fruit juice label suggests.
Natural cordials, which were once seen as old-fashioned and home-made are now regarded as ‘sick’ and ‘artisan’. These artisan producers share an ethos with boutique wine-makers who believe that quality is all. Their fruit and flowers are from local farmers, raw materials like ginger, mint and lemon-grass will always be fresh and every part of the production is geared to the highest standards. At first glance they may seem expensive, but they jam-packed with flavour and many dilute 10:1 rather than squash or high juice’s 4:1, so they become great value for money.
Feeling thirsty? Five Valleys and Belvoir are two of the leading artisan companies that sit on the supermarket shelves and their cordials are well worth putting in the trolley. Enjoy.
Five Valleys Cordials Pomegranate & Rose
Belvoir Elderflower Cordial
An absolute joy to drink and worth a special search. Its light and fragrant elderflower flavours pleasure the nose and palate, making it the perfect non-alcoholic warm weather drink. If the flavour, size and price fits – put it in the trolley. Nutritional values for when diluted 1:10 parts water.