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lavender & lemon cordial

September 28, 2010

The Bean & I sometimes play a game. We call it “stormy sayings”. The premise is simple – take a well known saying, and replace one of the words with “storm”.

“Don’t look a gift storm in the mouth.”

“Every cloud has its storm.”

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the storm.”

And on it goes, getting more and more ridiculous, until we are gasping for breath and spluttering “Once… bitten… twice… STORM!”

And the relevance? None really, except for a faint recollection of a time when the Bean uttered “Every Winter has its storm” and I wondered what the storm stood for. (The answer, of course, is Spring.)

It is strange how things pan out. How cosy Autumn turns to Winter, with its harsh realities and frosty fronts. How the thought of Spring seems so far away. Until somehow, out of nowhere, there it is.

Spring never really hits me until I hear the bees buzzing around the lavender. For where there is lavender, there are bees. And where there are bees, well, it must be Spring, much as it may not feel that way. And where there are bees, there must be honey – and where there is honey, the last wisps of Winter mandate that it be accompanied by lemon.

(And where there’s smoke, there’s a storm).

And so it was, with the dusty cobwebs and heartache of Winter still on my shoulders, that I sat in the dazzling sunlight, snipping away at buds of lavender. I remembered last Spring, where the grey skies were brightened by a boy. Where a fragrant cake was made for just in case – and where anticipation turned to relief, and then to nervous excitement. Where Spring marked a beginning and not an end.

It soothed the soul, somewhat, this oddly lurid pink concoction. Lavender perfumed memories intermingled with the lemony sharp tang of the present.

 

lavender & lemon cordial
Recipe type: Drinks
 
Ingredients
  • ¾C white sugar
  • 750ml water
  • 10-12 fresh lavender buds
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 glass bottle
How to make it
  1. see images below

how to do it:

1. Wash your glass bottle carefully & fill it with hot water. You want to make sure it is clean and also that it won’t crack when you pour the cordial in.

2. Rinse the lavender briefly under some cold water to get all the bugs & dust out.

3. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off the lemon. You’ll get some (but not a lot of) pith this way – which will give the cordial a welcome bitterness. If you prefer, you can just zest the lemon, avoiding the pith.

4. Combine the sugar & water in a pot and heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat up and bring the sugar syrup to the boil. Once it has boiled, add the lemon zest / peel and lavender buds. Pop the lid on and let the syrup sit for an hour or so to infuse.

5. Juice the skinless lemon. After the hour or so has passed, tip the lemon juice into the syrup. It will turn a lurid pink at this point due to the addition of acid.

6. If you prefer, you can strain the cordial through a sieve lined with muslin to get rid of all of the bits, or you can pour the whole lot into your warm glass bottle using a funnel. I like to keep the lavender & lemon peel in the bottle with the cordial as the flavour is then able to develop over the next day or so (or until it’s all gone).

7. To serve, strain into a glass. Top with sparkling water to taste.


  • #1
    September 28th, 2010

    Spring always seem to hold such promise for new beginnings. Or perhaps it is just that I don’t enjoy winter at all.

  • #2
    September 29th, 2010

    *hugs*

  • #3
    Tiffany
    September 29th, 2010

    oooo that is so pretty, I’m definitely trying this out for a picnic day. I have a lavendar bush in my backyard.

  • #4
    September 29th, 2010

    What beautiful photos! The cordial looks very nice perfect for a picnic!

  • #5
    September 29th, 2010

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  • #6
    bigbite
    September 29th, 2010

    Ummmh… so refreshing. I can still smell the fragrant of lavender. Will definitely add a bit of vodka to this concoction

  • #7
    September 29th, 2010

    I’ve never eaten lavender…

  • #8
    September 30th, 2010

    So pretty! And I really love lavender and lemon. It’s just starting to be fall here so I’ll have to look forward to this all winter.

  • #9
    Cat
    October 3rd, 2010

    Hey I love this but I was wondering if I could use love lavender instead of lavender buds and how much of the loose lavender should I use? Thanks!

  • October 3rd, 2010

    Hi Cat! I’d say about a tablespoon of loose dried food grade lavender would do the trick. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  • #10
    October 5th, 2010

    this looks simply magical. I can’t wait to give it a go! hope there are some blue skies for you soon 🙂

  • #11
    October 28th, 2010

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  • #12
    January 5th, 2011

    Sounds really good. I just found the pictures a bit icky, since the lavender buds in the bottle look like cockroaches or other insects (in the non-closeup pictures). But I guess it’s just me…

  • #13
    May 3rd, 2011

    I agree kind of with Maija – but I really fancy making this so I might strain it before I put it into the bottle.

    I do love the way it turns pink naturally!

  • #14
    September 10th, 2012

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