Cordial is not a regular feature in our house, but as a treat at a birthday party, or mixed with sparkling water as a non alcoholic drink, it’s pretty special to have your own home made, and home grown option!
We had abundant lemongrass this year, so we have made a huge batch of Thai curry paste, propagated more for next year and shared loads with our community but we still had more left – we decided to go with some deliciously fragrant cordial!
- 5 cups water
- 2.5 cups lemon juice*
- 2.5 cups raw sugar
- 6-7cm root of ginger
- 4 stalks of lemongrass
*Orange and grapefruit juice or any combination of the above work really well too.
Place the water juice and sugar in to a large saucepan, mix well and place on the stove over a medium heat. (In your Thermal cooker place on 90C Sp 1)
Slice the ginger and cut and bruise your lemongrass.
Add both to the liquid mix and turn heat up to bring to a rolling boil. (Increase to ST temp for a few minutes until boiling)
Turn heat down to a gentle boil for 10 minutes (decrease to 90C).
Remove from heat but allow to sit for a further 30 minutes – 1 hour to steep and cool, before sieving the solids from the liquid.
Pour the liquid into a sterilised glass container and use as you would any cordial. This one is particularly delightful with lots of ice and a few mint leaves on a hot summer day!
Will last a couple of months in the fridge.