This recipe for homemade fresh mint cordial is easy to make and light and refreshing on a warm day. It can be added to water, soda water, vodka or white wine and is a great way to use up excess mint from the garden.
Makes Approximately 20 Fl Oz. (600ml)
Continue reading for tips on sterilizing bottles and money saving ideas.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
Do you need a bottle for your homemade fresh mint cordial? Try this set of four Giara glass bottles with airtight stopper caps from California Home Goods. These are great for storing cordials and are highly rated. (Paid link)
It is important to sterilize bottles to prevent bacteria growth and reduce the chance of spoilage. There are three different methods including in the microwave, oven and in a boiling water bath.
The microwave can only be used on small bottles that don’t have metal hinges or lids and care needs to be taken for the oven method if your bottle has plastic stoppers. The boiling water bath is the safest as long as you have a tall saucepan. See this guide to Sterilizing Glass Jars for more information.
Are you looking for a tall saucepan? This Granite Ware Water Bath Canner includes a 9 piece canning kit, is great value and highly rated. (Paid link)
Save money by buying sugar in bulk packs especially during the growing season. Store in recycled airtight jars to keep out pests such as large coffee containers or large airtight plastic containers. Keep in a cool dark place with low humidity.
Consider growing your own mint. It is easy to grow but is best grown in pots as it can be invasive with runners spreading out along the ground. Add fresh mint to lamb and beef rissoles or just add a few leaves to your water or tea.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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