Lemon and Peppermint Cordial

Yesterday, this happened…….

White Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreo

Yep. That is a White Chocolate Dipped-Cookie Dough Stuffed-Oreo. One of Mr M’s friends from work had brought them in, and he brought them home for me to try.

It was intense.

Kinda sickly, yet delicious.

However, because it is so sickly, it is difficult to eat more than one at once…… unless you have some Lemon and Peppermint Cordial to act as a bit of a refresher….. which I of course did 🙂

The inspiration for this came a couple of months ago, when I bought some Lemon and Peppermint Juice at Whole Foods. It was a strange sensation – cool, fresh, and lemony, but the peppermint meant that there was a cooling aftereffect. Bizarre.

Anyhow, I decided to give making a nice fresh cordial version a go, based on my original Lemon Cordial recipe, but dialed back on sugar. You can either use peppermint extract or fresh peppermint leaves:

Peppermint Leaves

I tried it both ways – the extract gives a more intense flavour and effect, but the leaves give a subtle hint, which is quite pleasant 🙂


Lemon and Peppermint Cordial Recipe


1 lemon

1lb sugar

2oz citric acid

4 pts water

1tsp peppermint extract, or a handful of fresh peppermint leaves, shredded


Put the zest and juice of the lemon in a pan, add the water, and bring to the boil.

Remove from the heat and add the sugar and citric acid. Stir until all is dissolved. Add the peppermint extract or leaves.

Strain through fine mesh and decant into sterilised bottles.


Lemon and Peppermint Cordial

Yum. Light and refreshing!


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