This recipe is for a simple lemon cordial, to use up any spare citrus you might have around the house. Add to water, or mix with some soda water, mint leaves and lemon for a refreshing home made lemonade. For a grown-ups only version, add a splash of vodka or gin, if you like. Alternatively, you could try a gingery variation below. NOTE: Leonard the Lemon (above) was not harmed in the making of this recipe.
Place the sugar and 2 cups of water in a medium sized saucepan, on a medium high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook over a high heat until a thin syrup forms. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir through the lemon zest and juice. Transfer to a jug, or bottles for storage, and chill for a minimum five hours. Before using, you can strain the cordial if you wish before storing in sterilised bottles.
To make the lemonade, mix one part cordial with five parts soda water. Garnish with mint, lemon wedges and ice cubes.
Original recipe sourced from the Family Archives.