I had this huge bowl of peeled lemons left over from our adventures making limoncello over the weekend. When we were kids Mum used to make homemade lemon cordial so I thought that would be the perfect way to use up all those lemons. The limoncello needed the peel of 10 lemons, and the cordial needs 750 ml of lemon juice, which turned out to be 11 and a half lemons – how very convenient! Here’s the recipe for lemon cordial that I think originally came from my Gran.
- 750 ml fresh lemon juice
- 550 g sugar
- 3/4 tablespoon citric acid
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tartaric acid
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
Mix the citric acid and tartaric acid with the boiling water and stir until it’s dissolved.
Put a large saucepan on a low heat and add the lemon juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Add the citric acid/tartaric acid mix and stir in well.
Strain through a couple of layers of a clean muslin cloth into sterilized bottles. Cap with lids or corks and seal with wax. (I didn’t seal mine with wax as we plan on using it within the next month or two. If you want it to keep for 6 months or more, it would be worth while sealing the top with wax.)
When opened, store in the fridge.
This is a concentrated cordial and should be served diluted with water to suit your taste. This will be delicious served icy cold over summer. I have also been mixing it with soda water to make homemade lemonade. Yum! As with the limoncello, this would also make a lovely Christmas gift.
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