This is so easy and actually tastes of the fruit – no need to worry about what % of fruit is in the cordial. You know and can taste it. Home made cordial is quite trendy at the moment, it is very easy and is a great use for excess citrus fruit.
- 4 cups sugar (makes a fairly strong cordial – why store added water)
- 7 cups boiling water
- 7 cups of juice from limes, lemons, mandarines, tangelos, grapefruit – any combination of citrus.
- Zest peeled from the skins of 4 pieces of the fruit
- 1 tbs tartaric
- 1 tbs citric acid
Bring the water to a boil with the citrus zest, add the sugar and powders, stir until dissolved and continue to boil for 3 minutes, add the juice and return to simmer for a further 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain out the zest and other solids.
Bottle in clean containers (Old wine bottles are good).
Serve with chopped fresh mint, a touch of ginger beer cordial and top up with water or soda water. Make ice cubes out of the mixed cordial for parties so the drink doesn’t dilute.
Serve in a large glass jar.
Tastes like a very adult cocktail, but its not alcoholic. It wouldn’t be hard to make it that way though.