Belvoir Fruit Farms
Belvoir Fruit Farms nestles deep in the English countryside in the idyllic Vale of Belvoir where they have been making cordials since 1984, pressing fresh fruit and infusing flowers to mix with the famous Belvoir spring water. Renowned for their elderflower drinks they still use the same elderflower recipe developed by co-founder Mary Manners all those years ago. Originally all the elderflowers were handpicked from bushes growing around Lord and Lady John Manners’ garden. The whole family helped to make the first batch of elderflower cordial chopping the lemons and stirring the syrup. Lord John then popped the 88 cases of drinks into the back of his car and went round local farm shops persuading the owners to buy a bottle here and there. Today demand is so high that Belvoir calls on the local community to help with the harvest picking flowers from their own orchards and from hedgerows in the surrounding countryside.
The drink is a warm red-pink in colour and cloudy with a small amount of sediment present in the base of the bottle which is naturally occurring from the pink grapefruit juice. The aroma is of sweet and citrus grapefruit with a gently aromatic hint of lemon thyme. The flavour is a balance of sweet and tart sourness and gentle acidity typical of pink grapefruit, which is more grown up in character with a hint of aromatic botanical lemon thyme; with no added sugar for a clean crisp finish.
Best served over ice.