Friday, 9 August 2013

Homemade Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is a real treat and so fresh and delicious compared to bought cordial. It's really simple to make and isn't too costly!
Scott made a delicious batch recently so we've been enjoying the benefits while the weathers been good (even though it looks likes its changed now!!)
Heres what Scott did:
500ml lemon juice
The zest of 3 lemons grated finely
2kg castor sugar
1 litre water
2 tbsp citric acid

Dissolve the sugar with the litre of water and the lemon juice. Simmer gently for for a few minutes. Add the lemon zest and the citric acid. The citric acid makes the lemon flavour 'pop' and I think it also helps preserve the cordial for longer, though i'm not 100% sure about that. If you haven't got any its not  too dramatic to leave it out! It still tastes amazing :)
Simmer for another minute or so, then strain the mixture through a sieve or a piece of muslin is you have some.
Place in a sterilised bottle and once opened, keep in the fridge! 
The drink is best served 2/3 cordial:water.
We tired another version with some mint from the garden as we have too much growing, but it didn't work out as well as the pure lemon!

I had mine served with ice and a slice of lemon, and a good read of Katy Perry's interview in Elle magazine this month :)

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