The one big success I had was making lemon cordial, a recipe that I got off my mother. She used to make it for us, although the recipe itself belonged to her mother. It's fantastic. A real bitey lemon flavour, with a crazy amount of sugar, but I water it down for the kids so much that I'm more than happy to give it to them, especially knowing that there is no preservatives and other nasties in it.
So here we go...my Grandmother's recipe....
The juice of 4 oranges
Finely grated rind of 2 oranges and 2 lemons. (Now for my attempt I actually used 4 lemons because my oranges were not very juicy...you make the call based on what you have)
1 1/2 oz's of tartaric or citric acid (which is equal to 42.5g)
1 tsp Epsom salts
2 lb sugar (907.2 grams)
1136 ml boiling water
Ok, so I know the amounts are a little weird, but these are all taken from Nan's old recipe based on the old system, then converted so I can understand it,...so bear with me on that!
Find yourself a nice big container (I used a big deep bucket like container) and pour the water over all the ingredients. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bottle when cold.
Simple as that! I had an empty cordial bottle and a wine bottle (of all things), and I filled these up, plus had a jar full of the remainder which I later poured into a bottle once some had been drunk. Make sure you get yourself a little funnel, it makes pouring the cordial into the bottles a lot easier.
I'm going to look up some other recipes and try making some other flavours. Give it a go...it's so easy, you'll wonder why you ever bought store bought cordial in the first place!