Basil cordial

Basil cordial

By
From
Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Makes
1.25 litres
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

This recipe is inspired by a lovely Swiss lady, Anita, from Mimi’s Kitchen in Murchison, country Victoria, who sells her cordials and dressings in our shop, Hams & Bacon. Why basil in autumn? What better way to use up all that surplus basil growing in ya garden, that will all be gone soon…

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
750g granulated sugar
15g citric acid
2 large bunches basil leaves and stalks, (150 g total weight)

Method

  1. Pour 1 litre water into a large pot. Add the sugar and citric acid and bring to the boil, stirring to make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Smash the basil stalks with the back of a knife, to release the flavour. Place them in a heatproof bowl with the basil leaves, then pour the hot liquid over.
  3. Cover the bowl and leave to infuse at room temperature until cool. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, back into a pot. Bring back to the boil, then pour into sterilised jars and seal.
  4. Keep in a cool dark place for up to 4 months. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 3 weeks.
Tags:
salad
salads
vegetables
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