Homemade Lemon Cordial

Lemon Cordial recipe

Like lemon cordial?  Did you know you can make your own at home using a couple of ingredients?

I love the idea of making your own cordial, which is so much better than buying store bought cordial that is packed with synthetic colouring and flavours.

I’m not a cordial drinker, nor do I drink soft drinks either.  For me it’s water, sparkling water and the occasional fruit juice, but when I came across this recipe for lemon cordial in Delicious Magazine, I couldn’t wait to try it, as my love of all things lemon knows no bounds.  And this was no exception.  This cordial is deliciously refreshing and full of natural lemon flavour.  It’s wonderful served simply with chilled water or can be used to make delicious cocktails for something a little more special.

Have you tried making lemon cordial at home?

Lemon Cordial Recipe

Lemon Cordial

Recipe from February 2011 edition of Delicious Magazine
Makes about 5 liters, when diluted


  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons, keep the lemon halves after juicing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of tartaric acid
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 500ml boiling water



  1. Strain the lemon juice and place in a large bowl along with the zest, lemon halves and sugar.  Add the boiling water and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Place in the refrigerator and chill overnight.
  3. The next day remove the lemon halves and then stir in the tartaric acid.
  4. Pour into a sterilised bottle.

Note: The cordial can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 month.

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13 Comments on "Homemade Lemon Cordial"

February 20, 2012

It looks delicious! I’ve never made lemon cordial but I agree that making this at home will probably beat store bought any day!

kiki chaos
March 22, 2011

Ah, this reminds me of making lemon cordial with a close family friend when I was little :) I don't drink cordial now, just water, but I think this would make a great gift, especially to families with kids who go through cold drinks so quickly.

March 22, 2011

I haven't tried making cordial at home. Your post has inspired me to give it a go soon.
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March 22, 2011

Sounds wonderful! I love making things like this and avoiding lots og added sugar and icky ingredients.
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March 21, 2011

This sounds delicious. A lovely refreshment on a hot summer day.

March 21, 2011

I love the idea of cordial, but then I see the sugar content and decide I'd rather eat it than drink it…
Still, homemade is always better :)

March 21, 2011

I am like you. I hardly drink soft drinks, and I can't remember when was the last time I had a cordial drink. Probably years back, when I was still in high school? This lemon cordial looks beautiful! I can't hep but stare at the 2 cups of sugar in the ingredients list though.
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March 21, 2011

Wow I have never considered making cordial at home, I too am a water drinker but I do enjoy a lemon drink when it’s made from fresh lemons.

March 21, 2011

I absolutely love the idea of making my own cordial! Although I tend to go for homemade lemonade (I also use a delicious recipe for this). It is so '50s housewife :) Great picture!
Heidi xo
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