The Best Ever Lemon Cordial Syrup

The Best Ever Lemon Cordial Syrup

If you have lemons, you make lemonade and the best homemade lemonade recipe starts with our concentrated lemon cordial syrup.

This is recipe is a staple in our refrigerator and the start of many delicious and soothing drinks. It can make a hot lemon and ginger drink to ease a heavy head cold or add a splash of soda water and ice for a long refreshing summer drink. We also use it to flavour water kefir and kombucha.

  • 6 large lemons
  • Root ginger (optional)
  • 50 g citric acid
  • 1 kg of sugar (it is a concentrate)
  • Water to 3 litres (3 quarts)
  • Wash your lemons and take the zest off at least 3 of them, all of them for a stronger flavour.
  • Whizz the zest with 2 cups of the sugar in a food processor until the oil comes out of the skin and makes the sugar yellow
  • Juice the lemons and put the juice in a large pan with the zest, all the sugar, and the citric acid and grated ginger if you're using it.
  • Top it up to 3 litres with warm water - simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Strain it off into clean bottles and store it in the fridge
  • Water it down to taste.

The citric acid gives it sharpness and is a natural preservative.  You can use this recipe with plums and lemons or even peaches and cold tea for an iced tea. 

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