Blackberry Cordial

Wild Blackberry Cordial

The other day I read about elderberry cordial, which is essentially a non-alcoholic fruit syrup that is delicious when added to sparkling water.  Since there are tons of wild blackberries available around the area (as previously mentioned when I made my blackberry jam),  I thought “Hey, I bet blackberry cordial would make great soda.”Wild Blackberry Cordial Recipe - pick wild berries then make this syrup for sodas and cocktails

It does.


  • 4 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Water as needed


In a large stock pot add berries one layer at a time and crush with a potato masher or whatever you have handy (I used a ladle but all the while I was imagining how much easier it would have been with a potato masher).  Add the sugar once all berries are in and mashed, and set on high heat until mixture boils.  If it’s not very soupy, then add some water.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for a few hours until seeds start to separate from the fruit.  Keep adding water if the mixture reduces and add sugar if you like it sweeter. When you have the flavour / consistency you desire, start straining it.   Using a fine meshed sieve, strain out the seeds and discard.  This will take a bit of time, but the end product is worth it.

Ladle finished cordial into canning jars and store in the fridge.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceAugust 28,10

    That’s very interesting and we love berries! It’s a great way to add flavor to water, I’m sure it was sweet and delicious. Have a great weekend! :)

  2. Kristin
    KristinAugust 28,10

    Sounds delicious! With blackberries being free and easy to get, this is wonderful to make. I will give it a try.

  3. Dan
    DanAugust 28,10

    mm, that looks sinful!

  4. Laura
    LauraAugust 28,10

    You take the best food photo’s! Their inspirational!

  5. Laura
    LauraAugust 28,10

    they’re not their. Sigh.

  6. Aaerelon
    AaerelonAugust 29,10

    That looks absolutely delicious!

  7. Linda
    LindaAugust 29,10

    How timely! The wild blackberries on our driveway are ready for the picking. Definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks Stevie.

  8. meemsnyc
    meemsnycAugust 29,10

    Oh man, this looks so delicious! I can’t wait until our blackberry plant produces.

  9. Wendy
    WendySeptember 1,10

    This looks like it would make an AWESOME soda. I love that first photo. Gorgeous.

  10. Martina
    MartinaSeptember 2,14

    Sounds delicious, will be picking b.b.s tomorrow and am looking forward to trying your recipe so thank you . I am however undecided whether to make a sweeter syrup for drinks,ice-cream, or less sweet for use with savoury foods. Ah well, maybe I’ll do both. Thanks again for the recipe.

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