Review: Elderbrook Cordial

Water is pretty boring, essential, but boring. We all know it and have to live with it. If it were not for the fact that without water we would die nobody would drink it. Over the years there have been many attempts at making it more interesting. Most of these involved lots of sugar, loads of it. Thanks to a certain Mr Oliver we all now know that too much sugar is bad, who knew, and so it is back to plain old water.

It is generally agreed that men should drink at least 2 litres and women 1.6 litres of water per day. This is dependent on other factors such as heat, physical activity (or lack of) and so on. That is a lot of boring old water to get through, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

So what is it all about?

I was recently contacted by a new “not squash” company called Elderbrook Cordials. They have developed a range of cordials that are blended with natural ingredients and without any refined sugars. These “better-for-you” cordials have been designed to jazz up your glass of water without any of the hidden unpleasantness that you find in most supermarket cordials.

The brand has been created by two ex-innocent employees, David Folkman and Craig Jones with the simple aim of making water more exciting. “We are just aiming to help people feel better about themselves without having to break a sweat.” Says co-founder David Folkman. “We started Elderbrook because we wanted to make a glass of water more interesting and create a healthier way to have a soft drink. It’s about taking easy steps to improve your well being without having to nibble on kale or eat only yellow food on a Tuesday. Frankly, who has the time?”.

Unlike other drinks companies, Elderbrook is operated through a subscription service with the cordials delivered direct to your door. “Our aim is to build a personalised service for our customers and create a relationship with each and every one to provide a great experience. This is why Elderbrook is sold through our flexible subscription service delivering each cordial bottle direct to your door.” Says co-founder Craig Jones. In the past, the team have surprised customers with mini bottles of champagne, cases of beer and sent the mother of one of their customers some flowers after they found out she was feeling unwell.

So how does it work?

From just £9.99 a month for three bottles, as little as 33p per drink, head to and in three simple steps you can be enjoying a regular delivery of your favourite cordials.

  1. Select how often you’d like your bottles.
  2. Pick your flavours.
  3. Sit back, relax and wait for your delivery at home or at work.

But is it any good?

I was approached by Elderbrook to try out a few of their cordials, not just as a drink but as a cooking ingredient. Yes these little bottles of goodness can also be used for cooking and there are a few recipes on their website. They also make a fantastic addition in your favourite cocktail, although I think this would negate some of the physical health benefits, however, as with all cocktails, have a massive benefit for your mental wellbeing.

When I received my neat little package through the post I was surprised with how small the bottles were. This is because you only need a very small amount of the cordial in order to make a drink, although this depends on how strong you like it. The packaging itself was very neat and tidy and the I like the colourful designs with the “Not” slogans on the front, with one or two digs at diet and health fads of recent times. Inside the box you also receive some information about how to look after your cordials and little cards explaining some of the more exotic ingredients.

My box contained three flavours each with its own distinct character and flavour. I have to say that I was impressed with all three. The flavours were very inventive and individual and when diluted with sparking water made for a refreshing drink that was flavoursome and not sickly sweet.

My favourite has to be the yuzu, Spanish lemon and lucuma which was very refreshing and moreish. The lime mint and baobab was calling out to be mixed into a G&T to which I happily obliged with delicious results. Last but not least the Spanish orange, apricot and goldenberry has that gorgeous sweet apricot flavour and would making a stonkingly good Bellini.

As drinks, and cocktail ingredients, they were all fantastic and you really do only need a small amount for a standard sized tumbler of water. They little bottles will not take up much space in your kitchen and they are a great way to discover new flavours. The full range of flavours is listed below and you can find more information on their website with some recipe ideas – but before you go check out my recipe for an Elderbrook cordial delice.

Elderbrook cordials are currently available in the following flavours:

• Mango, Passion Fruit & Goji Berry

Ingredients: Apple concentrate, coconut nectar, passion fruit concentrate, mango puree, goji berry concentrate, passion fruit & mango flavour, stevia.

• Lime, Mint & Baobab

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, lime & apple concentrate, lime & mint flavour, stevia, baobab.

• Blackcurrant, Blackberry, & Mulberry

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, apple, blackcurrant & blackberry concentrate, white mulberry extract, blackberry flavour, stevia.

• Honey Melon, Cucumber & Yerba Mate

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, apple & honey melon concentrate, cucumber extract, yerba mate, stevia.

• Valencia Orange, Apricot & Goldenberry

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, Valencia orange, apple, apricot & goldenberry concentrate, apricot flavour, stevia.

• Blood Orange, Carrot & Maca

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, apple, blood orange juice & carrot concentrate, maca, orange flavour, stevia.

• Pomegranate, Cherry & Cardamom

Ingredients: Apple concentrate, coconut nectar, pomegranate & cherry concentrate, cardamom, pomegranate flavour, stevia.

• Yuzu, Spanish Lemon & Lucuma

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, lemon & apple concentrate, yuzu juice, lemon flavour, yuzu extract, stevia, lucuma.

• Plum, Apple & Rose Hip

Ingredients: Coconut nectar, plum, apple & rose hip concentrate, plum flavour, rose hip flavour, stevia.

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