Pimm’s Cocktail with Homemade Ginger Cordial

Last week we had the opening of Deja View Cinema, and oh my, it was awesome! Fantastic turnout, such a great vibe. The beloved ‘John Candybar’ was a hit! We opened with a bang, featuring Terminator 2 on Thursday night and Gremlins 2 on the Friday (which I had never actually seen – Seb does all the programming). Both movies were amazing to watch with a big audience, super fun. Check out the program and pop down sometime! More info at deja-view.com.au.

Righto, so back to the post. Quite a few months ago (I’m talking over 4 months) the kind people at Pimm’s sent me a bottle of the good stuff, along with a recipe to their famous cocktail and few other little bits and bobs. Unfortunately life and weddings got in the way and I haven’t had a chance to blog about this until now. Sheesh!

Two weeks ago I photographed some recipes for client work, one of which was for this delicious Homemade Ginger Cordial. I had some in the fridge leftover from the shoot, so I thought I’d use it in this cocktail. Of course you can use store bought ginger beer but if you’ve got a spare hour (tops!) you could quite easily whip up a batch (which makes about 1.25 litres) that should last a while. I added a little extra freshly grated ginger to this last batch which gave it a bit more bite, but if you’re not a big fan of ginger I’d stick to the regular recipe. On a side note, this is a pretty strong cocktail but compliments a sunny afternoon perfectly!


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Ginger Cordial

6 tbsp fresh grated ginger

6 cups water

4 1/2 cups sugar

4 tsp citric acid

3/4 cups lemon juice

1. Combine ginger and water into a large saucepan and bring to the boil for 10 minutes. After this time, strain out ginger (a normal strainer should do the trick) and add sugar, citric acid and lemon juice. Bring to the boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Next you’ll need to sterilize bottles. To do this wash the bottles in hot soapy water, rinse and let drain. Place bottles into a cold oven and turn onto 110ºC. Let the oven heat to up to this temperature and then once it does, turn the oven off and leave the bottles in for 10 minutes. Take bottles out of the oven and once they’ve cooled slightly add the cordial to the bottles. Simmer all bottle caps in boiling water for two minutes, drain and screw onto bottles.

3. Pour in syrup into the sterilised bottles and seal. The cordial can be consumed immediately. Once opened keep stored in the fridge.


Pimms + Ginger Cordial Cocktail

60ml Pimms

40ml ginger cordial

30ml dark rum
mineral water

orange, sliced apple, sliced mint, to serve

1. Add Pimms, ginger cordial and rum in a large glass with sliced orange, apple and ice cubes. Top up with mineral water and a sprig of fresh mint.

Potent but delicious!

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