What better way to quench a summer's thirst than with fresh lime and mint cordial, plenty of ice and sparkling water.
Cordial can be made using flavours including ginger, fresh berries, citrus fruit and flowers. Keep your cordial in the fridge for up to 6 months and enjoy all year round in water, cocktails or as the base for granitas and frozen sherbet.
2 1/2 cups (550g) caster sugar
2 cups (500ml) water
2 bunches mint, washed and roughly torn (stems included)
3 limes, finely grated zest and juice
Place the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
When the sugar has dissolved add the mint and lime zest. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and add the lime juice.
Leave to cool completely, strain pour into a clean glass bottle.
Makes around 800ml.