Making your own cordial is fairly easy and very rewarding, one of the advantages of making your own cordial is that you can experiment with flavours and come up with your own delicious concoctions.
One of my favourites is lemon and lime. To make your lemon and lime cordial you will need the following;
Rind of 2 Limes
Juice of 4 Limes
Rind of 2 Lemons
Juice of 4 Lemons
400g Caster Sugar
5g Potassium Sorbate
3g Citric Acid
Large Measuring Jug
2-3 500ml Swing Top Bottles
Tip the water, sugar, ring and juice into the large saucepan and bring the mix to a simmer. Stir the mix constantly until all the sugar has dissolved and then simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Add the potassium sorbate and citric acid (dissolve the potassium sorbate in 10ml warm water first) and simmer for another 5 minutes. This will give your cordial a shelf life of around 12 months.
If you prefer not to add preservatives your cordial will last you around a month stored in the fridge.
Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Tip all of the pulp into the cheesecloth and twist the cheesecloth tightly to make sure you squeeze as much cordial as you can from the pulp (if you prefer a clear Cordial then leave to naturally drain through for 12 hours).
Once you have done this set the pulp aside and dispose of later.
Pour your cordial into sterilised bottles (you can sterilise your bottles by putting them in the dishwasher), place the lids on the bottles and allow to cool.
Serve as you would any shop bought cordial and dilute to taste.