Things have moved on since the heyday of Rose’s lime cordial and lemon barley water. Look at the supermarket shelves today and you’ll spot a range of adventurously flavoured cordials, such as rhubarb and ginger, orange and bergamot and “detox” blends combining dandelion, liquorice and scores of botanicals.
Going teetotal or drawn the short straw for designated driver? No bother, we’ve tested the latest offerings in booze-free beverages.
Bottlegreen Orange and Bergamot
A hint of limy bergamot balances out the sweet blood orange wonderfully, making a refreshingly citrusy drink. One for sipping in the sun. 9/10
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Mexican lime and ginger cordial
One part cordial to three parts water seems excessive (17.2g of sugar per glass), but it both tastes and smells just like a margarita – add ice, a slice of lime and a salt rim. 8.5/10
Waitrose raspberry and vanilla cordial
Not a great deal of vanilla here, but the raspberry flavour is pleasant enough. A little sweet; would be nice with a squeeze of lemon and plenty of ice. 7/10
Tillmans of Sweden Organic Rhubarb Cordial
It smells sweet and sappy, like fresh rhubarb. Deliciously light and not too syrupy, probably because it is 72 per cent rhubarb juice. 10/10
Fiovana superfruit plum, apple and rosehip cordial
Although Fiovana is to be commended for creating a cordial with no added sugar, the rather artificial, jammy taste is unappealing. Apple is the dominating flavour. 6.5/10