The perfect quencher on a hot day. Nothing beats a zesty drink to cool and refresh when the sun is shimmering outside. Anything lemon based is ideal and here you have the option to add ginger or mint to make this even more fragrant and summery. —Anna May
Put the sugar, water and lemon peel (and ginger if using) into a pan and heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, add the lemon juice, bring back to the boil then remove from the heat and leave to cool. Strain into a bottle or jar.
Dilute one part cordial to three parts very cold sparkling water and add ice and a sprig of bruised mint. Stir and serve.