Lemon cordial

A really easy recipe, more suited for Spring or Summer drinking really but very refreshing served over ice cold sparkling water.

Lemon cordial

Makes 1.2 litres

3 large unwaxed lemons
350g / 12oz caster sugar
1 litre water

Wash the lemons, then thinly pare off the rind with a vegetable peeler, being careful not to pare off too much of the bitter pith.  Put the rind in the cooking pot of a slow cooker with the sugar and water.  Cover and switch the cooker to high.

Heat for 3o minutes, then stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Cook for a further hour and a half, then leave to cool.

Halve the lemons and squeeze out the juice.  Stir into the syrup, then strain through a sieve and pour into sterilized bottles.  Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.  Serve over ice and dilute to taste (4 parts water to 1 part cordial is about right) with still or sparkling water.

Author: Rachel Wheeley

Comedian, podcaster, based in London, UK