I know some people can drink water, just plain water, I'm afraid I'm not one of them... Give me wine anytime! ;) Or coffee! But water... and yes, I know we should, we probably even have to drink such and such amount of water everyday, but I simply can't... I almost have to force myself do drink a glass of water - unless I was running, training etc, but that really rarely happens, that "training" part...
To try and drink something besides coffee (of which I usually consume something in a region of 3-4 cups a day...) I'm trying to flavour my water. Just recently I took an advantage of fresh strawberries and dropped 4 of them into my bottle with water - amazing result! I really didn't think it would make such a difference and that the strawberry flavour would be so distinctive - at this point I should probably stress out that I just can't stand water with lemon... just can't!
We're all familiar with probably one of the most famous syrups - Ribena - which is simply a blackcurrant syrup. So... being an owner of two big blackcurrant bushes in my garden, which were full of fruit this year (and somehow no birds found them before me!) I decided to make my own Ribena. It's super easy and you have only two ingredients! What you're waiting for - make your own! :)
How to make it...
- 500 g blackcurrants
- 250 g caster sugar
- 1 cup of water
Pour the blackcurrants into a sink filled with water and skim off impurities like leaves and floating twigs, then drain the water. Transfer the blackcurrants into large cooking pot, preferably non stick, filling about 3/4 of the way up. Add the sugar, water and mix. Set the heat on medium and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until all the juices run and the fruit is really soft and "squishy".
Remove from heat and let cool enough so you can handle comfortably. Pass the mixture though a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl (because of that sieve you don't really have to "top and tail" the blackcurrants and remove all the tiny twigs etc.). Pour into sterylized bottles, or freeze in plastic bags, ice cube trays etc. for later use. To serve, dilute the syrup in water, to taste.
Will keep in the fridge for 2 – 3 weeks. Use frozen syrup within 3 months - you can easily freeze it in ice cube tray.
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