Cherry Guava Cordial

My Cherry Guava tree

My Cherry Guava tree

We’ve had a long hot summer and my Cherry Guava has never had such an abundant crop. Native to Brazil, the tree probably ended up in the back corner of my garden via a bird dropping, and it has thrived in our Mediterranean climate.

The flesh is juicy and believed to have the finest flavour of any guava, making it ideal for jams and cordials. This cordial recipe is simple to make and delicious – perfect with mineral or soda water, and really sublime when added to Vodka and tonic. 
I make a small batch at a time, refrigerate the syrup, and use it within two to three days.  
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Pick a bowl full of fruit, I use a colander. Place in a large saucepan, add enough water to just cover the fruit, and boil for 45mins until the fruit is soft and mushy.
 
 
   sieve

Place a muslin lined sieve into a large bowl and pour the liquid and fruit into the sieve.

Tie the muslin into a bundle, remove the sieve, hang the bundle with the bowl underneath it,  leave to drain for 30 mins.

Tie, hang, and drain into a bowl for 30mins

Tie, hang, and drain into a bowl for 30mins

Vodka, tonic and Cherry Guava

Vodka, tonic and Cherry Guava

Put the liquid back into the  saucepan using a cup (for measuring). Add up to a quarter  cup of sugar for every cup of liquid – it’s quite sweet with a quarter cup and tastes sharper and more tart the less sugar you use.

Bring back to the boil, stirring all the time, until the sugar has disolved. Pour into a jug or bottle, leave to cool, and then refrigerate.

Use within 2 to 3 days. Mix using 1 part codial for 4 parts water. Add a dash, according to taste, to Vodka and tonic.

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5 Responses to “Cherry Guava Cordial”


  1. 1 dyann September 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I am looking forward to trying the recipe…my tree is loaded!

  2. 3 AJ,AK April 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you, I have 2 huge cherry guava trees- I’ts too cold in Auckland to grow the tropical ones- can’t wait to try this cordial.

  3. 4 Mariaan Nell March 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

    When looking on the net for a recipe for cherry quavas, my wife came across your site. What my wife did instead of the cordial, she made nice fruit leather (fruit rolls). She just left the muslin out when she put it in the sieve and kept stirring until the pips were separated from the mushy fruit and she dried it in the sun for plus minus three days.


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