Citrus cola

Invite friends and their children round for Tristan Stephenson's homemade cola drink using lively citric zest, spices, vanilla and lavender
By Tristan Stephenson
Citrus cola
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  • Serves: 10-15
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 600 ml hot water
  • 2 oranges, zest only
  • 2 limes, zest only
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinches grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 vanilla pods, seeds only
  • 1/4 lavender flowers
  • 2 thin slices ginger
  • 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • 600 g caster sugar
  • soda water


1. Pour the hot water into a large saucepan and add all the ingredients except the sugar and soda water. Bring to the boil and continue boiling for 20 minutes.

2. Filter the infused water through a tea towel or muslin cloth, then pour back into the saucepan. Add the sugar while still hot and stir until dissolved.

3. Pour the syrup into a large jug and add the soda water - you will need 200ml of soda water for every 50ml of syrup. Stir together well, then serve over ice in tumblers.

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