If you shop like me, you try to eat something before you hit the store(s) and you try to shop responsibly. Those bags of fruit from Costco are a great deal, except when you can’t consume them quickly enough before they spoil.
So here I’m with my huge bag of lemon I got one week ago at Costco…I hate to let good food rot for no good reason, but now my citrus doesn’t have to – ever. So is this cordial. I suppose cordial is a nice fancy British term for what we uncultured US Citizens would call syrup *grins and exposes gap tooth*
The key is to juice your citrus. I have a simple workhorse BLACK+DECKER of a juicer that I got for $16.99 last year on Amazon and I love it. Hand-reaming isn’t recommended, you will waste precious juice and you’ll make a mess of yourself. With mine, I slice the citrus in half, place a half on the juicer and press down while the top spins round and all of the goodness gets squeezed out and drains into a vessel. Don’t be like me and forget to place the vessel under the spout because then it just goes all over the counter and floor. If your floor is anything like mine, there is no salvaging that juice.
Now, with oranges or grapefruits, you could conceivably add those straight to seltzer water and they’d be great. Lemons and limes, maybe not so much. That is where a simple syrup comes in. Make a batch and add your juice. I actually like to mix grapefruit and lime. Blood oranges would be neat too. I also love to add a splash of pomegranate juice. If I could get my hands on some fresh passion fruit, I’d be all over it. Awesome with ice…..
The stuff stores forever. I don’t think I make it in the large batches. I tend to make enough to fit in a wine bottle – cork it and pop it in the fridge. It never lasts more than a week. Oh, and I imagine if you added booze, it would be really spectacular. I don’t booze too much since it makes me rowdy.
My Fabulous Cordial
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1-2 cups juice of citrus
Combine the water and sugar in a pot and stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour in citrus juice. Bottle and refrigerate. Serve with seltzer water (I quite like the passion fruit LaCroix Sparkling water – don’t get anything that’s sweetened though – it’s gross).