Saturday, 14 September 2013

Homemade blood orange cordial

It's blood orange season and as the weather gets warmer we're all looking for the perfect drink in the sunshine.
Try this blood orange cordial recipe. Its super tart and tangy and tastes amazing with some soda water ... or gin...

4.5 cups of blood orange juice. That was about 10 oranges for us.
Zest of 4 oranges
30g citric acid
250g caster sugar

Put juice, rind and sugar on stove. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally,  ensuring the sugar disolves then bring down to a simmer, still stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.  Turn off the heat and stir in citric acid.
Let cordial cool. When cool strain into clean bottle.
The cordial will store in the fridge for a few weeks.

Here's a cheeky cocktail recipe to get you inspired.

Rosemary infused blood orange, gin fizz
  1 cup of Blood Orange Cordial 
1 sprig rosemary - pluse 2 extra for garnish (optional)
30 ml gin per glass (120ml al together)
Soda water or sparkling mineral water

Infuse the rosemary sprig in the cordial in a small saucepan over a low to medium heat for approx 10 minutes. Set aside to cool
Pour equal parts gin and cordial into a glass add some ice and pour over the soda. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.