Nettle Syrup

A stinger of a cordial from Ollie Rowe try it in cocktails or just with iced water on a hot summers day
By Oliver Rowe
Nettle Syrup
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  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 500 ml water
  • 750 g caster sugar
  • 1 kg tender, young nettle leaves
  • 2 strips lemon zest


1. Make a syrup by combining the sugar and water in a saucepan and slowly bringing to the boil.

2. In the meantime, bring another large saucepan to the boil. Pick through and wash the nettle leaves. Making sure that you wear protective gloves clean washing up gloves or latex gloves both work perfectly. Quickly blanch a handful of the nettles allowing them to soften before taking out about 30 seconds in boiling water. The little silicon needles that sting you break down very quickly at this temperature so once blanched they should be harmless. Finely chop.

3. Add the remaining picked nettles to the hot syrup with the lemon zest and leave to stand until cool. Strain the liquid and stir in the chopped nettles.

4. Pour into a bottle and leave in the fridge. Goes particularly well in a Konstam Sting, made with Ortega, vodka, soda and lemon zest, or a with iced water on a hot summers day. Mix with elderflower or lemon cordials to vary.

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