This Lemon and Mint Cordial recipe is an adaptation of Nana Ling’s Passionfruit Cordial recipe. It’s inspired by the sweet lemon and mint drinks that are popular throughout Egypt, but the best thing about this cordial is that you can mix it to the sweetness of your liking. A beautiful refreshing drink for long, hot summers.
Lemon and Mint Cordial
- 3 medium or 4 small lemons (they should weigh around 500 grams in total)
- 30 mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons tartaric acid
- 2 1/2 cups caster sugar
- 2 cups water
- Juice lemons (they should yield about 200ml of juice). Add tartaric acid and stir to combine.
- Add sugar and water to a saucepan, along with the mint leaves and the zest from about 1/2 of the lemons. Stir over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture just starts to simmer. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove mixture immediately once it starts to simmer.
- Pour sugar mixture over lemon juice and leave for 15 minutes.
- Strain mixture using a muslin cloth, pour into a bottle and place the lid on the bottle.
- Allow to cool and store in the pantry for up to 12 months. Or pop it in the fridge to enjoy immediately.
- Enjoy mixed with water or soda water, using 1 part cordial and 4 or 5 parts water.