Friday, September 5, 2008


My little mandarin tree which is only 1.5 metres tall has had a fantastic crop, as has the meyer lemon tree. I made some marmalade with some and with the rest decided on making some cordial. Found a few different cordial recipes and so far have made two batches using different recipes.
Guitar Dude, Zippy and Super Boy have voted the cordial recipe below the best.
Homemade Cordial
3 cups sugar
1 litre water
1 litre orange/lemon/mandarin juice
2 teaspoons citric acid
In a saucepan mix together sugar and water. Heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is gently boiling. Turn off heat and add juice and citric acid and mix together.
Pour into sterilised screw top glass bottles. Store in the refrigerator.
Dilute 1:10 with chilled water or to taste.
Adding the citric acid is optional.
The cordial will keep for 1 week without the citric acid or 1 month with it.
It is so delicious and refreshing and the best thing is that the boys love it! I added some rind and pulp to my mixture too which gave it a bit more body. I was a bit concerned about using citric acid, thinking it was some nasty additive but it is natural and is just the natural acid from lemons. You can get it from supermarkets in the baking section.

Will be making more of this for sure.

M xx


The Duck Herder said...

Hello Melinda
The cordial looks lovely! I have only 2 lemons on my young lemon tree, but ONE day!

I love the layout of your blog - and am looking forward to reading more about your increasingly elegantly frugal life!

Darls said...

Great, thanks for the receipe, will have to try a batch as I am having a citrus fruits glut going at the moment!

Hope you'll gain more from ALS!


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