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When you get lemons, make lemonade

I do and it is seriously awesome. Well, I make lemon cordial and use that to make lemonade. It’s all good.

I can’t remember the first time I made lemon cordial. I know I made it with my Granny though. Lots of my first cooking experiences were with Granny. All that I can recall were sweet. Ah, sweet tooth, though art inherited 😉

Anyhoo, my recent making of lemon cordial was triggered by the birthdays of two wonderful women that I know. I had know idea what to get them, but I wanted to get them each something and since they are both people who appreciate handmade gifts, they got lemon cordial. I collect and save glass bottles ’cause presentation is important, plus, my cordial deserves to be in clear, colourless glass, so you can appreciate the natural colour and the beauty of the lemon zest suspended in the syrup.

My cordial is also extra special, because the lemons I use to make it are never bought. They are gifted to me by people with lovely mature lemon trees. This means the lemons used are not only organic (no one I know sprays their lemons) but also local. Nice 🙂

I’m not giving you my recipe, although it’s easy to find equivalents online, but the ingredients listed in order of mass are:
sugar, water, lemons (juice and zest), food acids (citric and tartaric) and love (it’s not last because it’s least important, but ’cause it’s weightless).

I was concerned about the large amount of sugar, but I calculated it, and since you dilute it about 1:10 in water when you make it up, it ends up with significantly less than coke or sprite, just in case you were worried 😉

I’ll take a photo of it sometime, otherwise, feel free to come over and try the real thing, on hot days mix with cold water, on cool days with hot. Both ways it makes me feel good 🙂

{ 8 } Comments

  1. Adrexia | July 19 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    My Grandma makes amazing Lemon Cordial. I hadn’t realised how much I missed it, or how distinctive it was, until I went to her 80th in February. I really should ask her for the recipe sometime. 🙂

  2. Matt | July 19 2009 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Next time we visit you I will sample your cordial. I likes me some sugary lemon flava!

  3. Kate | July 19 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh, homemade lemon cordial, what a cool gift!

    This year for Christmas, I’ve decided I’m going to make my own limoncello, you should try it too. In fact you should try it now since it’s winter in NZ!

  4. Sally | July 19 2009 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    It was a cool gift! The love is the best bit – thank you honey <3 <3 <3

  5. Tiapia | July 20 2009 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Will it ship to UK? I would really like some and lemonade made with love sounds perfect right now 🙂

  6. Debz | July 20 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Count me in for delicious lemon drinks next time we visit.

  7. Karen | July 21 2009 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Your lemon cordial has lived long in James’s memory… he says “I wish we still had Giffy’s lemon cordia” pretty often:-)

  8. Giffy | July 22 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Who knew lemon cordial would elicit so many comments? Or is it just people encouraging me to post more often? Either way, thanks! Also, thanks for not pointing out the thou, though error in the second paragraph.

    Adrexia: you totally should. One can’t really appreciate the knowledge our elders have until it is gone. I still wish I’d gotten my granny’s soup recipe, although I think I’m close now. I need to use more barley though 😉

    Matt and Debz: But of course!

    Kate: limoncello, being alcoholic, intimidates me just that much more. Is a cool idea though.

    Sally: You are most welcome. Have you tried it yet?

    Tiapia: I’m afraid you must come to NZ for your cordial and curd.

    Karen: Well, he might get his wish after this weekend 🙂 Makes me laugh though, if I keep supplying it to you, yet not seeing the kids, he could forget me, but my memory would live on through sweet drinks.

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