A healthy and spring drink that will refresh you during hot days. It is very easy to make, is not expensive and will not take much time.

It can probably be done by heating, but in principle, I avoid exposing plants to high temperatures due to the loss of nutrients. The less it is processed, the healthier it is.

I prevent spoilage by freezing them until use. This way, they can last a long time.

This recipe is exactly one of those summer drinks I adore. These include dandelion flower cordial and elderflower cordial, but I will share them later.

I have previously written about the benefits of nettles in my articles Stinging or Common Nettle Health Benefits and Stinging Nettle Plant and Treatment . You can read them if you are unfamiliar with what this herb can do for your health.

This recipe is prepared in the spring when nettles are young and full of nutrients. You can freeze it and have this drink throughout the summer.

Stinging nettle cordial recipe
Stinging Nettle Cordial
Print Recipe

You need 60 freshly picked nettle tops, so make sure you have enough needle protection when picking.

Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Passive Time
24 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Passive Time
24 hours
Stinging nettle cordial recipe
Stinging Nettle Cordial
Print Recipe

You need 60 freshly picked nettle tops, so make sure you have enough needle protection when picking.

Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Passive Time
24 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Passive Time
24 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Wash the tops of the nettles well and drain.
  2. Put them in a 6-liter bottle. The opening of the bottle should be a little wider than the case so that you can put them on.
  3. Wash the lemons and protocols with all their peel and cut them into cubes. Add the cubes into the bottle with nettles.
  4. Add the honey.
  5. In the end, pour cold spring water and close.
  6. Leave to stand for 24 hours, shaking the bottle evenly.
  7. After that period, drain.
  8. Drain the orange and lemon cubes using the same drainer to use the rest of the juice and add it to previously drained liquid.
  9. Mix it all well and the cordial is ready.
  10. Do not freeze the part you are currently drinking. It should take 1 week before spoiling. Freeze the rest and take it as needed.
  11. Dissolve with water according to taste.
Recipe Notes

Sometimes, I make it to my taste without honey or any other sweetener. In that case, the drink does not have the same density and has the color of lemonade. And, it does not dissolve with additional water.

It is better to store it in smaller bottles so that you can freeze a smaller amount and it is more practical.

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