Our corner of Queensland has a few common food crops, pineapple and ginger are just two of them. So what better combo for a refreshing summer drink.
1 large ripe pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
2 cups of water
3/4 cup of sugar
5 cm of ginger, peeled and finely sliced
- Process pineapple in a food processor in batches until a smooth puree
- Place water, sugar and ginger in a large saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add pineapple puree, bring back to the boil, then simmer for another 2 minutes or so.
- Strain mixture into a clean bottle, discarding pulp and ginger. Press pulp with the back of a spoon to get all the juice out.
This makes about 1 litre. Serve with water or soda water. This cordial isn’t as sweet as commercial cordials, so add a generous amount to the glass. I imagine that this would also be nice with a splash of white rum and a few ice cubes and soda water, maybe a few mint leaves!
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.