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.