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When life gives you lemons…make lemonade.

When life gives you just one lemon…make Pete’s lemon cordial!

As those of you who join us regularly will know, we’d been waiting and waiting and waiting for our very first lemon to ripen. It took months to finally turn yellow.

We were pretty chuffed when we finally harvested it! It had a thick rind and a respectable quantity of tart, acidic juice. It was also completely seedless – I’m not sure if that’s a product of the variety, or the plant’s immaturity.

We deliberately chose to plant an old fashioned “bush” lemon, rather than the prettier, thin-skinned varieties.  We’ve been told that the thick rind and pith offer better insect protection, which is important as we don’t use chemical sprays in our garden (although we do have to treat the leaves with organic Eco-Oil in an attempt to keep the leaf miners at bay)…

To properly showcase our one solitary lemon of the season (there are others growing on the tree, but they’re all small and green), we made Pete’s One Lemon Cordial…

  • 1 lemon, juice and rind
  • 1 tablespoon (4 teaspoons) powdered tartaric acid
  • 2 cups (500ml) boiling water
  • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon essence (optional)

1. With a peeler, remove the lemon rind in strips, making sure to avoid the white pith. Place this in a large heatproof jug and pour over the boiling water.  Stir well to release the essential oils.

2. Add the sugar and stir well.  Then add the tartaric acid, the unstrained lemon juice (pips and all is fine) and the lemon essence (optional, but we usually add it).  Stir well, then strain into a clean, sterile bottle and store in the refrigerator.

We mix our lemon cordial with either plain or soda water, usually at a dilution of one part cordial to five parts water.  I’ll often add a dash of bitters as well.

It’s a cheerfully refreshing drink!

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And just for fun, here’s Kate Ceberano’s One Note Samba which I was humming as we made the cordial…

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