Making homemade cordial is a great skill to have, not only is it delicious but it is so easy to make. This is a great way to use excess lemons, and a great way to store your harvest from backyard lemon trees. Not to mention it is great tasting and wonderfully natural! I have just made the last batch from last years lemons, which I squeezed and froze to be used for cordial making throughout the year.
The recipe calls for 3 cups of juice so I froze the juice in 3 cup quantities. I used Tupperware containers to freeze the juice into a block, then unmoulded the block and placed each one in a plastic bag, for easy and compact storage. When ready to make cordial just defrost the juice in a jug in the fridge the day before you need it. This recipe will work with any citrus juice, or a combination of several kinds. Don’t be alarmed at the amount of sugar in the recipe; remember you are making a concentrate which will make about 1.5 litres of cordial concentrate. You only use a small amount of concentrate in a glass then fill the glass with water, roughly one part cordial to four or five parts water.
- 3 cups lemon juice (or any citrus juice)
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- Place water in a medium saucepan
- Bring water to the boil
- Add sugar and stir over medium heat until dissolved
- Add juice and stir
- Pour into glass bottles (I use recycled pasata bottles)