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Homemade Lemon Cordial

Since getting married me and my husband are having a blast doing little homey DIY's together, figuring out how to play "house-house" and enjoying what we have. There is a lemon tree in our back yard. How lucky are we!! Having a back yard is super exciting for two people who lived in hostels or flats for the past 8 years. Having a lemon tree (bearing lemons!) is even more exciting. It is a cold rainy winter in the Cape, making the release of this recipe seem a bit "early".  But lemons are in season now, making it the perfect time to optimise on the use of these beautiful citrus fruit. And you would be amazed at what one can do with this lemon cordial! 

You need:

  • The juice of 12 lemons
  • Use a grater create zest from the lemon skins
  • 8 liters boiling water
  • 4 cups (1 kg) of white sugar
  • 1 sachet of Tartaric acid

You do:

  • Bring the lemon juice, lemon zest, water and sugar to a boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes.
  • Take of the heat and let the mixture stand for about 24 hours. 
  • Stir in the sachet of tartaric acid and let it stand again for 24 hours.
  • Pour the cordial through a sift into sterilised bottles and store in the fridge.

Uses for lemon cordial:

  • Drink with still or sparkling water for a refreshing drink
  • Use as a cocktail mixer with gin
  • Freeze the cordial (diluted with some water) into ice cubes - yummy in sparkling water!!!
  • Drink in strong tea (for flavour and to sweeten) to create a soothing winter drink - wonderful for when flu is looming!
  • Use as an ingredient in desserts like Lemon Cheese Cake. It is the perfect a substitute for lemon juice while replacing some of the sugar or condensed milk
  • Use in salad dressings
  • Wonderful over sweet fruit salads
  • Drizzle over vanilla ice-cream for a quick dessert option

The sky is the limit! Enjoy!

*Did you notice our lemon tree bears quite dark, orange-looking lemons? We think it is a Meyer lemon tree because the skin is fragrant and thin, coloured a deep yellow with a slight orange tint when ripe. But we are not sure! Either way, it definitely tastes like lemons!

**Sorry for not having any nice pictures of the actual cordial (hehe)...As you can see I was to focused on making a lemonade (by only adding still water to the cordial) for a mini styled shoot. 

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