Individual-size bottles of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial and Elderflower & Rose Lemonade. Photo courtesy Belvoir Fruit Farms.
Instead of a Valentine mocktail, head straight to the delicious nonalcoholic cordials from Belvoir.
While Americans use the word as a synonym for fruit liqueur, in the U.K. a cordial is a carbonated, fruit-flavored soft drink.
Belvoir Fruit Farms is nestled in the English countryside in the idyllic Vale of Belvoir, in Leicestershire, in the English Midlands. The name is French for beautiful view.
Belvoir Castle, a tourist attraction, is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. But the name may be more familiar to Americans from the non-alcoholic fruit cordials the family sells, a business developed by the current duke’s father to generate income for the continued upkeep of the castle.
The duke’s mother infused elderflowers, grown on the estate, into a delicious beverage. Her husband saw a revenue potential, and the family business has been pressing and cooking fresh flowers, fruits and spices since 1981, combining them with local spring water. The line expanded, and is currently exported worldwide.
Delicious and all natural, they are a refreshing alternative to other soft drinks. While they are a wonderful mixer for cocktails (and in sweet and savory recipes), they are absolutely delicious simply chilled.
The line of cordials includes Apple, Plum & Cinnnamon; Blueberry & Blackcurrant; Blackcurrant & Cox Apple; Elderflower, Ginger; Honey, Lemon & Ginger; Lemon; Lime; Raspberry & Lemon; Raspberry & Rose; Rhubarb & Strawberry; Spiced Apple & Ginger and Spiced Winterberries. As if this isn’t enough to fit on the grocer’s shelf, other flavors pop up,like Elderflower & Rose Lemonade.
The Elderflower, Raspberry & Rose and Rhubarb & Strawberry are especially nice for Valentine’s Day. The latter two are in beautiful rosy hues.
Large bottles (750ml) and individual size (25cl/8.45 fl.oz.) are available at specialty food stores and better supermarkets. Most are sold on Amazon.
For more information visit BelvoirFruitFarms.co.uk.
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