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
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.