Even though summer has officially ended, the weather still calls for a fresh, cold lemonade! Hope you enjoy the recipe.
6 lemons, scrubbed in cold water
1 1/2 kg White Sugar
50g (1/2 packet) citric acid
3 litres water
Peel the rind off 2 lemons, taking care to get just the outer skin, no white pith (use a potato peeler).
Place the peel and 2 cups of the sugar in the food processor and run the processor until the rind is really ground up and the sugar is yellow and oily looking.
Tip into a large saucepan. Squeeze all 6 lemons and strain off to remove any pips. Mix the juice with the lemon sugar mixture, add the remaining sugar and the citric acid. Place the pot on a medium element and add the 3 litres of water, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Cool and pour into clean bottles and store in the fridge.
To serve, dilute with water – 1 part cordial to 3 or 4 parts water. To make fizzy lemonade, dilute with sparkling mineral water or soda water. For a party, try pink lemonade by adding a few drops of pink food colouring to the cordial.