The berries were picked free of charge this past summer in response to the "Fruit Wanted" ad that I placed on our Freecycle network. Once I had picked enough for jam, I continued picking to freeze some for winter use.
After just a few minutes of actual hand on work, the resultant cordial was richly coloured and full of flavour - perfect for delicious and refreshing drinks. It's teen approved - which is great news for the budget and our health. Commercial pop is full of nasty things I'd rather we not ingest, so I'm highly motivated to expand my efforts in making a variety of homemade drinks, eliminating the need for buying sodas, pop and other commercially prepared drinks.
We re-used an orange juice jug leftover from Christmas brunch and filled it halfway with our cordial - all in all close to 2 litres of concentrate was the result of our efforts. Diluted in tap water or sparkling mineral water, I'm hoping it will last the 2 week fridge life although I have my doubts ~ it's DELICIOUS!