Wash and rinse your bottles and put into a warm oven to heat and sterilise
Chop the ginger into smallish chunks ( no need to peel )
Mix the water and ginger in a large pan and set onto medium to high heat to bring to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer for around 10-15 minutes
Strain out the ginger through a fine sieve over the pan and then add sugar, citric acid and the lemon juice to the strained water
Bring back to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes
Pour into your bottles and seal. Either store in the fridge or *waterbath to extend the shelf life to one year
* To waterbath, do not seal tightly, place the bottles on a folded 'J' cloth or tea towel in the bottom of a large pan. Fill the pan as much as possible with water and bring to a boil. Maintain for 20 mins, then turn off the heat, carefully lift out the bottles and tighten the caps fully.
How long will it take to make?
7-8 250ml bottles
Look after it
6-8 weeks in the fridge, 1 year if sterilised in a water-bath
What to put it in
We use the classic 'milk bottle' for our Ginger Cordial
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