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Lemon, Ginger & Mint cordial

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This is the recipe that the most people have asked me for, so it seems like a good place to start.  We first made it for a grill (barbeque) in the park, and I’ve been making it in increasing quantities, and trying out variations  ever since.

Add ice, sparking water and a sprig of mint for a great non-alcoholic summer drink.  – add a splash of vodka or gin if you want to give it a kick.

The recipe makes about 250ml of cordial – I tend to quadruple the quantities because it keeps so well in the fridge.


160g sugar
55g root ginger (unpeeled, grated)
5 sprigs of mint (torn)
150ml lemon juice (about 4 lemons)

  • Put the sugar and mint in a pan with 12oml water and bring to the boil.
  • Turn the temperature down (so there are no bubbles) and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the ginger and leave it for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and leave the mixture to cool.
  • Once cool add the lemon juice and decant into a sealable bottle.
  • Store in the fridge.

Dilute to taste – about 1 part cordial to 5 parts water usually works.

I’m  not sure how long it keeps, it never stays around long enough to find out.  We did leave some in the fridge when we were on holiday, so I’m certain it will last at least a month, probably longer if you sterilise the bottles.

So far I’ve only tried Lime and Mint, leaving out the ginger.  I wasn’t convinced to start with, but it seemed to improve with age.

Since trying this out I’ve looked for other cordial recipes and bookmarked quite a few on Delicious (tag: cordial).  I’ll let you know if/as/when I try them.

I hate waste, so wherever possible I try to use up anything unused in other recipes.  This recipe used a lot of lemons, so I made a batch of Crystallised Lemon Peel with the leftover peel.

Written by hudsons

June 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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