Old-fashioned lemon cordial
Makes: approx 1.2L
1 kg sugar
1 litre water
1 tablespoon citric acid
1 tablespoon tartaric acid
zest of two lemons (optional)
juice of 6 lemons, strained (350ml once strained)
Add the sugar, water, citric and tartaric acids to a large saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to simmering point, stirring continuously until the sugars and acids have completely dissolved.
This takes 5-10mins.
Stir in the lemon juice.
Once cool, bottle.
I used a funnel to pour the cordial into used and washed bottles.
The original recipe calls for 2kg of sugar,
I decided to halve the amount.
If you don’t use citric and tartaric acid, the result would be a less tangy drink.
Adding some lemon zest might assist with this.
The original recipe uses the zest of two lemons, but I left this out.
The ratio to make it up (for me) is 1 part cordial to 4 parts water.
Dilute to your taste with water or soda water.