Mr Fitzpatrick’s Vintage Cordials at mmm…

Mr Fitzpatrick’s Vintage Cordials have been a firm favourite at mmm… since 2011 – but his Botanical Herbalists have been making cordial soft drinks for the people of Rossendale and the Lancashire regions since 1899!

Mr Fitzpatrick’s are as passionate as ever about their ‘Temperance’ cordials and whilst many of their recipes owe their origins to the original Mr Fitzpatrick’s herbalists, they have stayed true to those traditions whilst expanding and developing their range of exciting and quirky cordials.

The temperance movement began in Preston in 1835 during the period of the Industrial Revolution and was a response to the widespread alcoholism that existed at that time.

The availability of cheap ale and gin had been responsible for the breakdown of family life and industrial productivity amonst the working classes.

Prohibition was never legalised here but non alcoholic bars began to appear in every town and village to promote abstinence from ‘the demon drink’.

What we sell at mmm…

Mr Fitzpatricks Iron BrewNEW: Iron Brew – Now you can experience this unique Lancashire made Iron Brew Tonic as a cordial.  Mr Fitzpatricks left out the girders, but they did add real iron. 

The colour of a hazy orange sunset it has intriguing notes of barley sugar with an added orange citrus tang. 

A wonderful cordial which is as delicious as it is refreshing and can be diluted with still, sparkling or soda water.

Sour cherry cordial at mmmSour cherry, red grape and hibiscus – a smooth rich velvety cordial a perfect fusion of sour cherries and red grapes with added hibiscus note.

Sophisticated, sumptuous and oddly comforting.

Cranberry and pomegranate – a delicious blend of finest cranberries, pomegranates and rosehips. This cordial drink is the perfect summer cooler.

Mix with still, sparkling water or lemonade and garnish with a wedge of lime.

It’s also delicious served as a steaming hot toddy for those cold dark nights simply dilute with hot water for the perfect winter warmer or blend with our other cordials and serve as a non alcoholic option.

Strawberry and kiwi – get your four cornered hanky out, grab a deckchair and settle down to watch some tennis serve with muddled strawberries over ice garnish with kiwi for a refreshing summer drink.

Lime and lemongrass – a wonderful fusion of flavours, blended to produce a refreshing summertime drink in fact … anytime drink

Rhubarb and rosehip cordial at mmm...Rhubarb and rosehip – Mr Fitzpatrick’s poshest tipple. This is a refreshing blend of English rhubarb blended with a rosehip infusion. Does it get more English than this?

We recommend sparkling water for best taste. It can also be served hot or cold.

Blackcurrant and liquorice – delicious fruity blackcurrants combined with the distinctive taste of liquorice create and extra special cordial. Winner of the Guild of Fine Food Awards 2012

Elderflower and apple – the quintessentially English drink, reminiscent of lazy Sunday cricket matches, tea parties and village fetes. It’s often said: summer has only really arrived when the elderflowers start appearing in the hedgerows.

Served with chilled sparkling water as an aperitif this is a great non-alcoholic dinner party option All of Mr Fitzpatrick’s drinks are made from only the finest natural ingredients, sourced from English orchards and English elderflower fields.

Sarsaparilla cordial at mmmSarsaparilla – a delicious timeless classic dating from the 18th century. A woody tasting cordial, often compared to American Root Beer but milder and less medicinal tasting than its American counterpart.

Such is this drinks ability to evoke nostalgic memories Mr Fitzpatrick’s re-named it ‘time travel in a bottle’.

Blood tonic – a wonderful and fruity summer punch.

Dandelion and burdock – this shares its origins with a number of drinks originally made from lightly fermented roots and has been drunk in the British Isles since around 1265. Another timeless classic with a mellow creamy finish.

Take a trip back in time with a glass of this nostalgic original classic cordial.

Ginger cordial – this spicy drink has a fiery character and is intended for those purists amongst us who love our ginger with a bit more bite. Delicious hot or cold.

Lemon and ginger cordial at mmmLemon and ginger cordial – a firm favourite. The lemon and ginger punch combines the refreshing zest of lemon and wonderfully aromatic ginger.

Delicious drunk cold or hot (for an extra treat add a spoonful of honey to it.

Cream soda – unmistakably sweet and creamy with a taste of vanilla. Cream Soda is another timeless classic that was particularly popular with the temperance youths in the 1920s and 30s.

Serve this with a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream and add sparkling water.

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Main image (c) Moz Scott, 2014. Photo manipulation by Ian Clarkin. Art direction by Dan Heptinstall.
Thanks to Mr Fitzpatrick’s Vintage Cordials for the information and other images on this page.