Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lemon Cordial

We used to have a huge lemon tree. At anytime of the year you could go out and find at least one or two lemons suitable to be used. Unfortunately that tree just sort of died over two years and so now we are desperately trying to coax a new one to grow. In the mean time I have to ask other friends and neighbours for the odd lemon or two. As a result of the lovely supply of lemons and living on a budget, I found this recipe and have used it to make a refreshing drink.
The cordial is high in sugar but it is watered down to drink and will actually go a long way.

3 cup sugar
4 cups boiling water
½ cup lemon juice
1 ½ Tbsp grated lemon rind
1 ½ Tbsp tartaric acid

Bring the water to the boil and stir in the sugar.
Turn off the heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the lemon juice, rind and tartaric acid and mix well.
Once cooled strain and pour into a screw top bottle.
Keep in the fridge.
This will keep in the fridge for a few months.

Dilute to taste.
I use about 1/6 of juice to the volume of container you are using to make up the cordial. It’s a matter of taste really. Serve with ice and maybe sprigs of mint.

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