Nectarine and Basil Cordial with EquiSweet

Makes ±500ml cordial

Ingredients: 

6 nectarines, stoned and sliced into wedges

7 lemons

2 - 3 x Huletts EquiSweet sachets of your choice

12 fresh basil sprigs

Sparkling or still water to serve

Method: 
  1. Place the nectarine wedges into a large pan and add the zest of 3 lemons, finely grated.
  2. Add the EquiSweet and basil sprigs plus 500 ml(2 cups) of water and stir.
  3. Place the pan over medium heat and allow to simmer, until the fruit is completely soft, do not allow to boil.
  4. Pulp the fruit with a potato masher and leave to simmer
  5. a further 5 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened a little.
  6. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.Strain through a coarse sieve into a mixing bowl, discard the solids.
  7. Juice the rest of the lemons, discarding the pips and stir into the fruit mixture.
  8. Pour the cordial into a large jug or sterilised bottle.This will keep, undiluted, for 2 - 3 days in the refrigerator.
  9. To serve, dilute the cordial with sparkling or still water(ratio 1: 4) and garnish with extra nectarine wedges and basil sprigs, if desired.