Strawberry And Chilli Nectar…

British strawberries just encapsulate summer.

Gently cooking fresh strawberries with dried hibiscus flowers, a little chilli and fructose sugar in a sealed bowl over hot water brings out and captures the very essence of summer.

Keep the nectar in the fridge or even the freezer and serve ice cold in shot glasses or topped up with prosecco or champagne for a kir style cocktail.

Serves 6


  • 600g/1lb 5oz strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 30g/1oz fructose sugar
  • 1 red chilli, halved, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 5g/1/8th oz dried hibiscus flowers


  1. Add the strawberries, sugar, chilli and hibiscus flowers to a large bowl, cover the top tightly with clingfilm then place the bowl over the top of a medium sized saucepan of gently simmering water.
  2. Cook gently for 40-50 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool then chill well. 
  4. Line a sieve with muslin and set over a bowl, add the strawberry mix, tie with string then suspend above the bowl to drain slowly. 
  5. Pour the nectar into a bottle and chill until ready to serve.

Cook’s tip:

  • If you haven’t bought fructose sugar before it is sold in small cardboard packs in the supermarket alongside the sugar and sweeteners. 
  • It is a low GI sugar and sweeter than ordinary caster sugar, but don’t confuse it with a sugar substitute or sweetener.

About this post – This is a guest post. No payment was received. Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries.

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  1. Please may I?
    27th June 2014 / 7:28 am

    Now this I must have ago at. We have masses of strawberries so no reason not too.X x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th June 2014 / 5:03 pm

      Oh wow, I love strawberries, yum 🙂

  2. Tamar SB
    27th June 2014 / 9:13 am

    That sounds so good!! And looks so pretty!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th June 2014 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tamar 🙂

  3. steph
    1st July 2014 / 8:01 pm

    wow delicious! Pinning right away for summer parties 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      2nd July 2014 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks for the pin, steph 🙂

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