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:

hungryandfrozen 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's kitchen table said...

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

Anonymous said...

Looks very good Linda..
God pinse

Rhyleysgranny said...

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

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Linda. The pics are beautiful

Rosie said...

This looks so good Linda :)

Rosie x

Mari 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!

Anonymous said...

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