Todd Coleman

Use this delicious syrup to flavor all kinds of drinks, including lemonade and tea. To make a simple soda, put a half cup of cordial in a tall glass and fill it with one cup of sparkling water.

Yield: makes 3 Cups


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (4″) piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice


  1. In a 2-qt. saucepan, combine sugar, ginger, lemon peel, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute more. Remove pan from heat. Set a fine mesh sieve over a large measuring cup. Strain liquid and transfer to a bottle. Keeps refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.