Last month, Bottlegreen Drinks generously sent me a selection of their Cordials and Sparkling Pressés (sounds so fancy, doesn’t it?) and a request to design a recipe from them.
It took me a little while to find a perfect pairing, but I like to think I did everyone justice.
Continued after the jump…
First things first; for my North Americans out there, I did not know what a cordial was either. Before I moved to England the only time I had seen the word “cordial” was from the book Anne of Green Gables. Anne Shirley throws a tea party for her friend Dianna and mistakes raspberry cordial for currant wine.
The event doesn’t end well.
In England, cordial (also known as “Squash”) is a common drink mix. Its basically a sweet-flavoured syrup that I like to enjoy with sparkling water, although it also goes quite well with spirits. Bottlegreen is a bit more creative than I and their website has recipes for salsa, salads, roulade and even curries using a variety of cordial flavours.
In Iran; the home of Persian food, many meals are made using a sweet/savoury combination. Fesenjan for example, is a stew flavoured with ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Jeweled rice is made with barberries and saffron. So when I opened my box of Bottlegreen products and lifted pomegranate and elderflower cordial from its tomb of blue packing peanuts, I knew just which culture would inspire my recipe.
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 4 Tbsp Water
- 1 1/2 Cups Cold Milk
- 4 Tbsp Bottlegreen Pomegranate and Elderflower Cordial
- 1/4 Cup Cooked Vermicelli Noodles
- 2 Cups Vanilla Icecream
- Pomegranate Seeds To Garnish
- In two large glasses, place 1/2 tbsp each of chia seeds followed by 2 tbsp of water. Allow to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- When chia seeds have turned to a gelatinous consistency, divide cooked vermicelli noodles between two glasses, placing gently atop the chia seeds.
- Combine cold milk with cordial and stir to combine. Gently divide mixture between two glasses.
- Add 1 cup cold ice cream to each glass, careful not to disrupt the mixture.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds and enjoy.
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Photos: Brittany Levett & Bottlegreen Drinks
All the best,