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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  1. Heidi March 21, 2011  8:35 am Reply

    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!
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  2. muppy March 21, 2011  9:22 am Reply

    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.

    • delicieux March 21, 2011  3:48 pm Reply

      I'd never considered making cordial at home either. It was lovely to have this as something different to the water I always drink.

  3. @fitterthanchoc March 21, 2011  10:13 am Reply

    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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    • delicieux March 21, 2011  3:53 pm Reply

      You could easily reduce the amount of sugar in the cordial to suit your taste. I also found that the cordial was quite strongly lemon flavoured so I only needed a tiny amount when mixing it with water.

  4. CC11 March 21, 2011  12:45 pm Reply

    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 :)

  5. Claire K Creations March 21, 2011  8:50 pm Reply

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

    • delicieux March 23, 2011  10:09 am Reply

      It definitely is refreshing Claire. :D Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Ellie March 22, 2011  8:46 am Reply

    I haven't tried making cordial at home. Your post has inspired me to give it a go soon.
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  7. kiki chaos March 22, 2011  3:07 pm Reply

    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.

    • delicieux March 23, 2011  10:10 am Reply

      Your right Kiki, it definitely would make a great gift. :)

  8. Simone February 20, 2012  4:44 pm Reply

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


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