Eating real food is always a compromise. Soft drink is obviously a bad choice, its full of sugar or artificial sweeteners, and various artificial colours, flavours and additives. If I feel like something fizzy, I usually drink one of my fermented fizzy drinks, however these are not to everyone's taste. Specifically, Pete doesn't like them, but he doesn't want to drink soft drink either, so he's been buying cordials to mix with the fizzy water he makes with his beer keg carbon dioxide (see what happens when I leave him alone in the house during the week!). Personally I don't think that cordials are much better than soft drinks, the only advantage is that you can make a more dilluted drink and not have quite as much rubbish if your drink. I've tried to get him into apple cide vinegar, but he's not a fan of than either!
I decided to try to make a better version of cordial, which might at least have some goodness in it. If you put enough sugar in a syrup, it can be kept at room temperature. The only thing to remember is that you only need a tiny amount because it is so concentrated in sugar, and you need to balance that sugar content with lots of your other flavours as you're not going to put much in the drink.
I made my syrup using ginger, lime peel and rosella petals. It wasn't exactly succesful, as Pete still prefers his bought syrups! (but I like it). And it grew mould during our hot spell (over 35degC for a week), so in future I would increase the sugar content even further or just keep it in the fridge.
The sugar ratio I used was 2 parts sugar to 1 part water, and I just simmered the ingredients together in a pot for an hour or so until is smelt lovely. Then I let it cool and strained it into a glass bottle. I have no advice for actually making a husband-friendly cordial syrup and I would prefer to drink my fermented fizzy drinks, but this is refreshing in still or sprakling water and quicker to make.
Do you make syrups? Any tips? Does your husband enjoy real food too?
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