Strongbow dark fruits is everywhere, it’s increasingly popular and despite our objections to ‘commercial ciders’ we do understand the appeal of a an easy drinking fruit cider especially as the weather starts improving. However the only thing we think Strongbow dark fruits has going for it, is that is easily accessible, and that shouldn't be the only reason to drink something! So we’ve come up with an alternative - homemade strongbow dark fruits - made with real fruits!
Strongbow dark fruits, much like many ‘commercial’ ciders on the market is full of artificial flavours, additives, sweeteners and contains a rather low fruit count. We’re big supporters of real cider, because after all cider should be all about that wonderful fruit - and if doesn't contain much it’s not really cider is it?! Real cider is also much healthier for you, with no added sugar or additives you can drink it safe in the knowledge it’s not doing your insides a disharm. But we know that some of you out there might love the taste of these commercial ciders, despite the fact it's a cider is disguise and full of crap!
So we’ve come up with a solution - make your own healthy version! This cider cocktail can be made from the comfort of your own home, and we’re willing to bet it tastes a whole lot better than that Strongbow dark fruits you’ve been drinking. Made from real fruit and real cider this cocktail by comparison contains a whole lot less sugar, and you can be safe in the knowledge you know exactly what's going into it! - You can even adjust to taste!
What you’ll need:
For the Cordial -
Blackberries - 200g
Raspberries - 200g
Apples - 1
Caster sugar - 400g
Lemon - 1
For the Cocktail
Dry craft cider - to taste
Blackberry to garnish
Raspberry to garnish
Mint to garnish
To make the cordial -
Heat the oven to 180C/fan.
Put the blackberries,raspberries apple chunks, sugar, lemon and mint together in a dish
Add 400ml water
Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes, or until the fruit gives up its juice and the sugar has dissolved.
Strain and leave to cool.
To Make the cocktail
Add ice to glass
Pour the gin and cordial over the ice
Fill the remainder of the glass with cider (to taste) and gently mix together
Garnish with a sprig of mint and any remaining blackberries and raspberries.
It’s as easy as that! We know grabbing a can of Strongbow dark fruits from the supermarket might be the ‘easy’ option, but you’re doing yourself a disservice, why fill your body with artificial crap when you can easily have something that tastes better and is better for you! We’re willing to bet if you make this for your friends and family at your next get together they won’t be wanting the canned version next time. So pick the healthy - better tasting option - because you deserve it!
Don’t forget to share you’re attempts!