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Belvoir create and sell a range of cordial and presses 100% natural with no preservatives.
I choose to buy from the Belvoir range, as I don't drink coffee or tea, and like to have a nice drink as apposed to just water all the time. They come is glass bottles, so fully recyclable, containing 70cl. When diluted this creates 12 pints of fruit juice, and so I think is good value at £3.80 considering its quality.
The Spiced Winter Berries cordial is a deep red colour with a very strong fruity smell before diluting. It is made from 20% real Elderberry, 10% Orange and 5% Blackberry with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. When drinking you can really taste the spices and it definitely reminds me of mulled wine, but not as strong. This is more of an adult cordial as I think most children would find this too strong and unusual taste.
I have mixed this with quite a lot of things. Drunk with both hot and cold water, added to lemonade and sparkling water, all have been quite delicious.
Once opened the bottle needs to be refrigerated and will last up to 2 months, although I have kept mine longer on occasions and it hasn't had any adverse effect on the taste nor me! Although I rarely find it last that long in my house anyway.
I know Robinsons and more of the 'brand name leaders' have started to bring out 100% natural cordials and I have tried them in various flavours. I find that although the initial price may be cheaper they don't make anywhere near as much cordial and ultimately I ended up spending more money using them. Spending near £4 on a bottle of Belvoir cordial may seem a lot but it will last for ages, has a much nicer taste and higher fruit content.
Belvoir cordials are available from larger supermarket stores but I usually get mine from my local gardencenter as I feel the profit is going to a better place.
The Belvoir website contains lots of interesting information on how they make their drinks and all the different flavours they do. It is worth checking out: http://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/