Lemon Cordial


2kg castor sugar
1 litre water
30g citric acid
30g tartaric acid
juice of 6 large lemons, strained
finely grated zest of 2 lemons


If the lemons are not from your own tree, scrub them well with hot water before proceeding to zest or juice.

Dissolve sugar in water over heat in a non-aluminium stockpot. Add citric and tartaric acids. Stir to ensure that all is completely dissolved. Cool. … Read more »

Homemade Lemon Cordial

750ml fresh lemon juice
550g sugar
3/4 tablespoon citric acid
1½ tablespoons tartaric acid
1 tablespoon boiling water

Mix the citric acid and tartaric acid with the boiling water and stir until 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 clean muslin cloth into sterilised bottles. Cap with lids or … Read more »

Lime Cordial


This cordial is excellent served with one part of the lime syrup mixed with four parts (or to taste) of chilled water, lemonade or soda water.

6 large limes (or 8 small)
1 kg sugar
4 cups water
1 tablespoon citric or tartaric acid

Finely grate the lime rind, taking care not to include any of the pith. Squeeze the juice from the limes and set aside.
Combine the lime rind, citric or tartaric acid, sugar … Read more »


This month is all about citrus. Here are some recipes to help you use and enjoy this delicious winter bounty.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur. If you’re a limoncello fan, you might have made it in the past by peeling too many lemons and dropping them into vodka. This recipe has a different and easier technique, suspending the lemons over the vodka and letting the vapours extract the essence from the peels. Give it a try!

Chicken Yassa, a tasty … Read more »

Cranberry Slush


1.5 litre Cranberry Classic
400 ml vodka
150 ml sugar syrup *
75 ml fresh lemon juice
100 ml cranberry concentrate (optional)

This awesome Christmas drink is delicious and very festive. Being a granita, it is cold and icy and holiday red in colour. Use a wide mouthed container as you’ll need to be able to scoop it out with a spoon once frozen.
Place all the ingredients in a container and … Read more »