Strawberry, basil and black peppercorn cordial

Strawberry, basil and black peppercorn cordial
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  1. 550g fresh strawberries, hulled and washed
  2. 1 cup organic raw sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence (have a look at our home-made vanilla essence)
  7. Sparkling mineral water to serve
  1. Blend strawberries in a Thermomix or food processor until well blended.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, black pepper, water and basil, keep stirring until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for at least 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool for at least 30 minutes.
  5. This will allow the basil and peppercorns to infuse. Strain the mixture and make sure you remove the basil leaves and black peppercorns, add it to the strawberry puree then add the vanilla essence and blend for 1 minute.
  6. Strain the mixture again through a fine sieve.
  7. Place in a glass bottle and keep it in the refrigerator. It will last at least three days. If you need reasonably priced glass bottles then I love Japan Home Centre for this sort of thing.
  1. To serve, pour a little of the cordial into a glass and top up with sparkling mineral water.

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