This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is Green with Herb Envy. I decided to take this opportunity to try a recipe for homemade cordial I got from my mom – with added mint. Some health benefits of mint include: antibacterial properties, aid in digestion and anti-cancer properties. This recipe makes a concentrate that you can keep in the fridge and dilute with still or sparkling water (or even use a dash of vodka for a fresh, tasty cocktail).
- 375ml sugar
- 250ml water
- Grated zest of 1 large lemon
- 60ml torn mint leaves
- 250ml fresh lemon juice (I needed 6 lemons for this much juice. Tip: pop the lemons in the microwave for a few seconds to help extract more juice easily)
- 250ml cranberry juice (I use a 100% fruit juice cranberry and assorted fruit mixture – LiquiFruit Cranberry Cooler)
- Combine the sugar, water, mint and lemon zest and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and cranberry juice.
- Chill well.
- Strain and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Dilute with still or sparkling water to taste and garnish with mint leaves.