Rosella

"This sculpturally beautiful flower is an introduced species to Australia, and it grows in the most Northern parts of NSW, QLD, and across to Western Australia. Most often seen lurking in the bottom of a glass of Champagne, having been steeped in sugar syrup, it might be known to you as an "Hibiscus flower”. Wild Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa), is a juicy stiff flower that once crushed, oozes this wonderfully tart juice that is reminiscent of raspberry, rhubarb or even plum. Some say it helps with hypertension, and high blood pressure.

We combine the rosella juice with ginger, and apples from Orange, to make our very popular Apple, Ginger & Rosella Milla Cordial. This is one of the first flavours we developed, and it still remains one of our best sellers today, probably because it is so versatile. It is perfect mixed with water, or sparkling water and ice, and a slice of lemon or chopped up apples and mint, on a hot summer’s evening. During the winter you can serve it hot (), to chase away those winter chills, or if you are in the mood to party, then just add a dash of your favourite gin, a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, sparkling water and heaps of ice for a homemade cocktail. Being a gorgeous red colour, this gimlet is the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas celebration. Chin chin!"

 

All about Lavender

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There are 39 known species of the Lavendula (most commonly known as Lavender) genus. Lavender is part of the mint family, Larniaaceae, and the various species are found all over the world, but cultivated extensively in temperate climates.

Having had a Lavender farm on one of the properties associated with Millamolong, we were keen to develop a Milla Cordial flavour using Australian Lavender oil. We used Angustifolia, which is the culinary species. The essential oil was extracted from the flowers, and then made into a soluble liquid to add to our drinks. We mucked around for weeks, playing on the marriage between the lemon and lime juice. Finding just the right balance was a challenge, as Lavender can be a very overpowering flavour. But eventually we hit on a perfect balance that is a gentle hint of lavender to taste, but also gives off that wonderful aroma that we all love.

Our Lemon, Rainforest Lime and Lavender Milla Cordial is a real hit and has even been served in the Bennelong Restaurant bar at the Sydney Opera House as a long cool summer mocktail. Just throw in some sparkling water, heaps of ice and garnish with a sprig of Lavender, and there you have it! You’ll be hooked.

 

2015 delicious. Produce Awards


The 2015 delicious. Produce Awards were hosted by Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House on July 27th.  It was an absolute bonza of a night, and a real honour to meet so many hard working producers and chefs from all around Australia.

Peter Gilmore, the newly anointed chef at Bennelong, showcased the best produce from around the country, and spoilt us with the most mouth watering canapés.  The booming Matt Preston presided over the running of the night along with editor in chief, Kerrie McCallum, from delicious. magazine. Everywhere we looked, it was wall to wall chefs, judges and producers engrossed in foodie banter, and waiting with baited breath for the overall winners to be announced.  

The Producer of the Year – Pyengana Dairy Company, Tasty Cheddar (12+ months)
Outstanding Farmers Market – SAGE Farmers Market Moruya, NSW
Best New Product – The Fermentary, Milk Kefir, VIC

And finally to our category;
From the Earth (Artisan) – Mmmmm…… No! Sadly not us, but Wellington Apiary, Prickly Box honey, Tasmania.  Can’t wait to taste. Congrats to them.

Camilla Strang and Mel Ashton


And this year, to celebrate the magazine’s 10th birthday, we left with a beautiful gift box full of goodies, including our very own Milla Cordial of course!


Glad rags in the wash, we are back to the work boots, and rolling up our sleeves to make a huge batch of cordial this week!

 

Lemon Aspen

Lemon AspenAcronychia Acidula, otherwise known as Lemon Aspen, is grown along the east coast of Australia, from North Queensland and down into New South Wales. It grows naturally in a tropical climate and is sometimes referred to as “pigeon berry”, according to the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation.

The Lemon Aspen plant has glossy leaves and delightful bunches of small white fruit, when ripe. The fruit is very acidic and is eaten as a bush fruit, although a lot of people would find it too tart to really enjoy on its own. The wonderfully tangy lemon aspen combines magnificently with our Ruby Grapefruit cordial. It just adds a final note of bitter lemon! And this has been a real winner in our range!

Lemon Aspen has very high antioxidant properties, and has a high concentration of folate, as well as being a good source of zinc and iron. It exudes an incredible tropical citrus aroma.

The production of this fruit is still relatively small in Australia, with most growers having to harvest the little white fruit by hand, and then refrigerate it immediately. There are a few chefs in Australia who are having success with it, and incorporating it into their menus.

Give it a burl, next time you see it on the menu!

 

Milla Cordial Ruby Grapefruit & Lemon Aspen flavour is voted a finalist at the prestigious 2015 delicious. Produce Awards

We are delighted that our new Ruby Grapefruit & Lemon Aspen Milla Cordial is already receiving an award. As a small artisanal producer it’s an absolute honour to be voted a finalist at the 2015 prestigious delicious. Produce Awards.

Celebrating its’ tenth year, the Produce Awards acknowledge Australian primary, and artisan producers who are committed to quality, sustainability and innovation – as well as the providores, restaurants and farmers’ markets that support them. The judges select finalists from close to three thousand worthy entries.

Milla Cordial is committed to using only 100% Australian fruit and bush ingredients, and we still handmake the cordial in Orange, with very basic machinery, in order to maintain that homemade taste and ensure that our cordials are the best quality. We don’t add preservatives or colouring or fake flavourings.


In this award winning flavour, our bush ingredient is the wonderfully tart lemon aspen (pictured here) and it combines beautifully with the tangy ruby grapefruit juice. The lemon aspen has very high antioxidant properties and exudes an incredible tropical citrus aroma. This is a great mixer for a cocktail too. See our cocktail recipe suggestion here to get the party going!

The full list of finalists appears in the June Issue of delicious. Magazine, out now. This winning flavour is a true taste of the Aussie bush.

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon MyrtleWant to know a little more about Lemon Myrtle? It grows in Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland in warmer climes, and recently we visited a lemon myrtle grower a couple of hours North of Newcastle. We could smell the delicious lemon aroma all around as it was being picked and dried that day. Native to Australia, Lemon Myrtle is known as the Queen of lemon herbs, and is said to cheer and uplift the soul. The beautiful aroma that wafts all around us in the production shed, when we are making this flavour, certainly does put a smile on our dial, so may be it is true! The latin name, Backhousia Citriodora, comes from James Backhouse, an early Quaker missionary, who visited Australia in 1832-8, and was a keen botany collector. Lemon Myrtle has the most amazing creamy lemon aroma and sweet citral taste that blends perfectly with our lemon juice and Kakadu Plum, to make one of our most popular flavours. Cheers Myrtle!

 

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