Lemon & Ginger Cordial is a perfect pick me up for this time of year when the cold and flu bugs start spreading. I am particularly fond of this topped up with hot water and perhaps a dash of something alcoholic like rum, although it is also lovely with fizzy water.
It is really easy to make as well – chop up ginger, peel lemons, squeeze lemons, boil with sugar and water a couple of times, strain, cool and bottle. Actually, a really important tip is to cool it fully before bottling it – as otherwise the sugar can re-crystallise at the bottom of the bottle.
This is a wonderful present to make for Christmas as you can do it in bulk (my potful above produced four 500ml bottles with just enough leftover for a mugful right away) – or just as a little gift for someone you know has succumbed to a cold/flu and is in need of something really lovely to help them recover.
Lakeland do wonderful swing top bottles here: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15020/Cordial-Bottle