I'M OUT OF SUGAR!!!
I had everything ready for a refreshing lemon and ginger cordial and then that: no sugar! How could that happen? I mean, I'm a sugar hoarder, especially this time of year when there's lots of preserving and wine making to do. O.k., so I did use quite a bit last night, when I prepared the must for my lemon and ginger wine - but all of it? There I was with no sugar at 10:15 pm, half the cordial prepared and the nearest shop 10 miles away and closing at 10:00 pm.
So, what's a girl to do? She raids her cupboards to find preserving sugar with plenty of pectin (probably not such a great idea) and three pounds of brown sugar. I made the obvious choice and picked the brown sugar. As this seems to suggest more of a hot drink than a refreshing summer one, I added freshly squeezed orange juice, star anise, a few cloves and cinnamon sticks for a warming winter toddy base, which doesn't seem like such a bad idea given the current weather here.
An initial taste test proved I made the right decision. It's still simmering away in the slow cooker, so it should be ready for bottling tomorrow.