Kicked the habit for good... (I think)
I made lemon cordial! And it's delicious!
, Feb 04 2013 11:01 AM
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:01 AM
I have kicked my serious Schweppes Lemonade addiction..
We got a Soda Stream for Christmas and with the help of a bottle of delicious lemon cordial, some ice cubes and some slices of lemon I discovered a 'different way'..
It was better than lemonade methadone because it was more delicious than the Schweppes heroin/lemonade it was replacing!
Then it ran out.
And I was panicing...
I tried Elderflower.
I tried Cascade Raspberry (my 'still' cordial of choice).
But they were of no comfort.
I emailed the friend who gave me the initial bottle - she's moved away so I couldn't just smash down her door and retrieve the cordi I needed - and she sent me the recipe..
Well it took two days - but it is all bottled up now and looks beautiful.
But better than that - it TASTES FANTASTIC!
4 bottles of all organic cordial - enough to last me for months and months and months of guzzling!
Made by my own fair hand for the cost of a bag of sugar!
I'm going to make some orangeade now! And maybe some gooseberry..... hmmm.... plum? Lemongrass and honey? Strawberry? Blueberry? Carrot?
Homemade cordial my new best friend!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:09 AM
Recipe or it didn't happen
Plus on the plus side, should others have your recipe if ever you need it due to some unforeseen catastrophe, others may be willing to share their stash with you!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:11 PM
Share please I have a Solo addiction I need to kick. Cotties Lemon cordial is horrid since they went super strength concentrate.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:16 PM
Sodastream is da bomb.
I sometimes add some ginger to the lemon cordial, which is lovely.
Try pink grapefruit cordial, or blood orange if you can get enough of them!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:19 PM
I love the cascade raspberry one.
I don't like elderflower, no matter how hard I try and how many cooks such as Jamie Oliver tell me to use it.
Orangeade sounds delish though, and as stated earlier, recipe or it's not true!
I like soda water on frozen fruity slushies.
Such as a lemon sorbet scooped into a glass of soda water.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:20 PM
yup where is said recipe?
I so cannot wait to have a nice cold glass of lemon cordial with ice after this baby is born! (due to having very bad reflux is is on the no go list at the moment) It would be soo much better if it was homemade!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:22 PM
another needing the recipe or it didnt happen ;-)
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:24 PM
Yep, recipe. I'm a fan of Bickfords cordial, I've always liked the lemon and lemon/lime but now they make raspberry
We used to have a Sodastream when I was a kid (it would have been the very first version, probably a collector's item now lol), maybe I should investigate ...
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:25 PM
Trots off to make cordial. i'm all inspired now!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:35 PM
I got a Sodastream for DH for Christmas. He's in love and I can drink soda water whenever I like now. So much more refreshing than still water.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:41 PM
I make a TMX one with 2 lemons blizzed and 50gms of rapadura, fizz some bottles of soda with the soda stream, slice up lemons and yummo.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:42 PM
I've had a sodastream for the last about 4 years and we used it all the time. Kids have their own small bottle each and fizz it themselves and they have to make sure the bottles are washed and have cold water or they don't get swoosh water as we call it lol.
Another who NEEDS the recipe, we have a lemon tree
Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:56 PM
My husband and I just drink plain fizzed water from the soda stream or we add lemon juice, usually the lemon juice in the yellow squeeze bottle in the sauce section of the shop.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:15 PM
Recipe or it didn't happen
Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:18 PM
I bet CM's bathing in the stuff now and too busy to pay attention to niggling things such as everyone wanting a recipe.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:24 PM
Here is the recipe as the original creator wrote it - she has a way with words you must agree!
Old fashioned Lemon Cordial
* 2kg castor sugar
* 1L water
* 30g citric acid
* 30g tartaric acid
* Juice of 6 large or 8 smallish lemons
* Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
First of all, don't look at me like that. It's cordial, it's bound to have OM*G HEAPS OF SUGAR in it. Comfort yourself by thinking that at least this won't have all the crap that commercial cordial has in it. Also you're only going to be drinking a tiny little bit at a time. And it's delicious, so hush.
Second, gently heat the sugar and water in a large pot, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Do not turn up the heat to make this bit faster. It will end badly. Delicious things take time.
Third, add the acids and stir until they dissolve, then let the syrup cool down. I mean it. This will take ages too, but it will be worth it. If you try finishing it while the syrup is hot, you'll lose a lot of the fresh, lemonny flavour and you'll end up with something that taste like you bought it in a shop, and then you might as well have skipped all this and got yourself a bottle of Bickford's to begin with. Not that there's anything wrong with Bickford's, it yummy, just not as yummy as this will be if you take the time to do the thing properly.
Once the syrup has cooled, add the lemon juice and zest, and stir it well. Then you can pour it into sterilised bottles. And then you should send some to me.
NB: Very good with gin.
I used about 10 big lemons as I like things lemony!
I also used raw sugar as that's all I had...(and lets face it I'm way to stingy to buy caster regardless!)
Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:31 PM
I can see why you 2 get along!
And my mum used to make caster sugar by grinding up raw sugar in the blender. Or food processor...I forget.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:37 PM
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:39 PM
Mmmmmmm with gin
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:42 PM
Thanks CountryMel, yummo, I'll be making that one soon!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:13 PM
Thank you. Now need to get rid of the kids to cook.
Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:22 AM
Just thought I'd pop in to update:
It has now been a whole year and I haven't bought a single can or bottle of lemonade!
Tragically Cascade Raspberry cordial got purchased by CocaCola and they changed the recipe rendering it into an undrinkable chemical swill.
But I'm OK.
Because my homemade cordi still ROCKS!
Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:28 AM
this is timely, i'm about to start making my own cordial tomorrow when my fruit and veg order arrives tomorrow. I'm attempting a lemon/lime/orange mix.
Cant wait to see. but I don't think my recipe has 2kg of sugar in it wow!
Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:30 AM
A quite refreshing change is to swap out 1 lemon for 1 whole Kaffir lime.
Is still very good with gin/vodka/soda etc etc.
Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:14 PM
OMG - thankyou
I have just kicked a 10 year, 2 litre a day, diet coke / coke zero addiction and have banned all fake sugar as I'm sure it's making my hair fall out.
Just bought a soda stream online last week - waiting for it to arrive. And have been trying to find the contents of the flavours to check for sweeteners.
SO, SO, SO going to make my own!
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