Thursday, May 8, 2008

Syrups

My recent purchase of an expensive bottle of apple syrup got me wondering how I could 'acquire' it a little cheaper. At $14 for a 250ml bottle I felt that it was a little expensive. My son hit on the idea of reducing normal apple juice down to see how that would work, so we gave it a go. Surprisingly it worked very well, we bought a 3 litre bottle ($3.99) and after about 30 mins on the element it reduced down to about the right flavour and consistency to yield 250mls. So, even with the power consumption, this makes it a much cheaper and perfectly acceptable alternative. So I am rolling out the overnight yeast waffle recipe again this weekend!!!!!

I also tried another lovely 'syrup' (or cordial) recipe, given to me by my mother, from a recent Foodtown magazine. It sounded rather nice and very simple to make. The result was indeed refreshing- the kids really enjoyed it with lemonade, while we added a 'splash' of Bacardi to ours (with lemonade and plenty of ice) for a nice late afternoon drink! I made it a second time, this time reducing the ginger by half as I felt the recipe had too much in it and the halved amount gave it enough ginger zing without overpowering it.

I think both syrups would make lovely homemade gifts too!

Refreshing Citrus Cordial

1c fresh ginger, unpeeled, chopped
2 ½ c caster sugar
2 lemons
2 limes
2 oranges

Take a strip of zest from the citrus fruits using a vegetable peeler, then juice all. Combine with ginger and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes until the mixture becomes very syrupy and about 2 cups in quantity. Cool to room temperature and then strain to remove ginger and zest. Cordial can be kept for 3-4 weeks in sealed, sterilised bottles in the fridge.

Serve in tall glasses. Put 2-3 tbsp of cordial in each glass with lots of ice and fill with soda water or lemonade.

9 comments:

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Those look beautiful and summery Linda...pity it's so cold down here in Wellington. Love the idea of adding a splash of bacardi ;)

Anna said...

Linda, what a great idea about the apple juice!
I love the photo with the lemon! It's amazing!

Catherine said...

Looks very good Linda..
God pinse

Rhyleysgranny said...

Your wonderful talent at work again.Your pics are beautiful
xxx

michelle @ TNS said...

that citrus cordial is on The List. on a hot summer day, with some vodka and seltzer water, i bet it's fan-frigging-tastic.

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Wonderful Linda. The pics are beautiful

Rosie said...

This looks so good Linda :)

Rosie x

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

The color of the syrup is lovely! I just bought my boyfriend a whole cocktail bar set-up, so we're well into our syrups for mixing drinks, this would work perfectly!

arunshanbhag.com said...

fabulous!
love that ginger!
Thanks for sharing and getting my creative uices going!
:-)