Glass of Herts: Cordially Yours
PUBLISHED: 09:39 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 19 July 2016
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Great British summer days were made for sitting back with a glass of something chilled. It was on just such a day, while drinking homemade fruit liqueurs over a long and lazy lunch with friends, that Trish Dowden dreamed up what would become Cordially Yours.
She left her job in IT to pursue her idea for adult-friendly cordials and has never looked back.
Today, her Tring-based company produces two very summer-friendly flavours – Blackberry & Mint and Rhubarb & Ginger. Trish says, ‘I wanted something contemporary but not too far from the norm, to encourage people to try something a little different. There was no real grown-up cordial on the market at the time and when you are the designated driver at a party there are only so many fizzy drinks and cups of tea you can drink.’
The cordials are made from real fruit and natural ingredients, making them far more pleasant than the high street names using fruit concentrate powders. As well as being refreshing and alcohol-free, they’re equally good used as mixers in cocktails – try adding one part Blackberry & Mint to five parts sparkling wine for a delicious summer aperitif, while a dash of Rhubarb & Ginger provides a refreshing twist on a classic gin and tonic. There are more drinks recipes at cordiallyyours.co.uk
Pick up a bottle for around £4 from the Tring Brewery shop or look out for Trish’s stall at Tring Farmers’ Market on alternate Saturday mornings.