This is a medieval cordial…. I’m not overly keen on it to be honest, but some people like it. Its served a lot at the medieval gatherings I go to.
4 cups Sugar
2 1/2 c water
1 cup white wine vinegar
Handful of mint (fresh is best) or 2 lemons – peeled and juiced
Dissolve the sugar in the water in a saucepan, and bring to the boil. Add the vinegar, mint or lemon peel + juice and simmer for 30 mins. Remove from the heat. Allow to cool and remove peels (if using lemon). Use this syrup as a cordial – diluting it with water to taste (approx 5-10 parts water to 1 part syrup). Can be stored without refrigeration…. can also be stored in the freezer as it doesn’t freeze (or at least when I made it, it wouldn’t freeze).