If you know anyone in the Southern States of Australia, then you’ll know it’s been crazy hot here! We’ve had temperatures over 40°C (105°F) every day this week!! But rather than complain about how hot it is, I thought I’d make up some fancy cordial to enjoy. The drink is a lovely milky white colour and is nice and refreshing.
This syrup is delicious topped with sparkling or still water. For an adult version, add a squeeze of lime, some mint leaves and your favourite clear spirit (vodka, gin or rum).
Almond, Rose and Cardamom Cordial
makes about 1.5 cups
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
5 tbsp ground almonds
8 green cardamom pods
1 tsp rose water
a few drops almond extract
Chilled sparkling mineral water, soda water or still water to serve
Crack the cardamom pods open by squashing them with the end of a rolling pin. You don’t need to powder them, just break them open. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan along with the almond meal and cardamom pods. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat, then simmer for about 5 mins. Leave to cool,
Add the rosewater and 2 drops of almond extract. Taste and add more rosewater or almond extract if you desire.
Optional: If you don’t like the idea of the bits of almond meal in your drink, then strain through a sieve. You can push on the mix to get the most through, but some bits of ground almond may get through. I don’t actually mind them in my drink.
To serve, add a tablespoon or two to a glass and top with chilled water. I don’t like it too sweet so only use a little bit.