Herb Citrus Cordial (makes 4-5 pints)
-6 cup sugar
-Zest of 6 citrus, in large pieces of peel
-4 cups fresh citrus juice
-2 cup water
-8 cups loosely packed fresh basil or 2 cups lavender or 20 stalks of rosemary or some other herb you want to cordialize.
-In a large pot bring sugar, zest, juice, and water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add the herbs and let the syrup infuse for at least 15 minutes.
-Meantime prepare your canning jars.
-Strain syrup through a fine sieve, squeezing out as much syrup as possible from the herb leaves before discarding them.
-Boiling water process for 10 minutes.
-Serve with vodka and a splash of soda water