The recipes I've found online were confusing. Half of the recipes listed lemon as an ingredient and the other half asked for cloves. To be honest when I've had hot black currant drink at the Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights and in desserts with black currant syrup, I didn't detect either lemon or cloves, though it doesn't mean either ingredient wasn't present.
Sent by Susan
Editor: Readers, any suggestions for Susan? I would probably start with Madalene's recipe — it does have a bit of lemon, which probably heightens the acidity and brightens the flavor.
• Home Made Blackcurrant Cordial at The British Larder
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(Image: Madalene of The British Larder)