Homemade Citrus Cordial
Updated: Aug 19
A “squash” concentrate that can be made at home with any fresh citrus juice!
A “cordial” is quite a recent addition to my knowledge as this diluting juice was not very common in my Québec life. The liqueurs and syrups that I was more familiar with are a different thing. Cordials are basically a concentrated non-alcoholic flavoured “squash” (fruit flavoured drink). Traditional ones are made with elderflower, berries, ginger or citrus. Only a little drop of the syrupy liquid diluted with flat or sparkling water makes a lovely sweet-at-your-taste drink. I’ve always loved refreshing citrus beverages especially with ice in summer! Citrus harvesting season is in winter and when living where they grow, you can sometimes end up with loads of beautiful organic ones! There are so many recipes and preserving ways that I’ve learned and experimented with while living in Australia. For my later summer refreshing drinks, I freeze some ice cubes of lemon juice (perfect for ice teas) and make a few bottles of cordial with any citrus I get. Those can keep for 12 months if well stored. As we get many cumquats on the family farm, my favourite citrus homemade cordials are made with cumquat only or are mixed with lemon juice. With natural ingredients and lower sugar than any commercial soft drinks, I’m enjoying my little citrus potions without any guilt!
Lemon and cumquat make a great homemade citrus cordial © Bottle and Brush Studio 2020
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