If you’re looking for an easy, delicious and quick recipe for lemon cordial then you can stop looking because this is the only recipe you need.

Homemade lemon cordial in a fancy crystal glass

Homemade lemon cordial

Sitting in my little office I get glimpses of the lemon tree and while I’m sad to see just 3 or 4 lemons still hanging from its branches, I’m excited by the hundreds of snow-white buds covering the tree like a blanket.

We’ve had swarms of bees around in the last couple of weeks so I’m hoping this will mean a a seriously impressive second harvest.

I didn’t even know you could get two lots in the one year so it’s a bonus especially considering the price of lemons in the green grocer at the moment.

I’m seeing a lot of lemon-inspired Christmas presents in people’s stockings this year.

Lemon cordial

My KitchenAid food processor has a juicer attachment so last week I challenged myself to see how many lemons I could juice while the spaghetti cooked for spag bol.

Oh yes I’m all about the little things. I used to work in an icecream shop in my teens and we made all the ice-cream in house. That meant all the fruit prep was up to us.

I used to challenge myself by timing how many pieces of fruit I could cut in one minute. Then I’d try and beat it the next minute. When you’re earning $12 an hour, you have to make it fun! Yes competing with myself is my idea of fun.

I got through 9 (zesting 4 as well) and got a whopping 2.5 cups of juice.

They really are the juiciest lemons I’ve ever seen. You know I love a good lime and soda but my favourite lime cordial can only be purchased from the Noosa Farmers Markets.

You might also like ginger lime fiz with homemade ginger syrup.

As I was down to dregs of cordial and I had a large collection of lemons in the fruit bowl. I thought I’d try my hand at lemon cordial based on the ingredients on the back of the lime cordial bottle.

Homemade lemon cordial recipe. Easy recipe for homegrown lemons.

It seemed pretty simple just lime juice, sugar and water but after a bit of Googling I saw a lot of recipes added citric acid.

Lemon cordial

I’m not too sure what it was for but I added it anyway (I’ve since found out it’s a preservative).

What is lemon cordial? It’s a concentrated form of drink that you can add to soda or mineral water to add flavour. Making it yourself ensures there are no added nasties like preservatives or artificial flavours.

What you’ll need to make lemon cordial

You will need:

  • 2 cups sugar – for a sweeter cordial, use white sugar, if you like a richer sort of taste then go for a less-refined sugar like rapadura
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest (make sure you zest the lemon before you juice them)
  • 3 tsp citric acid
  • Soda water to serve

The result reminds me a lot of the fresh lemonade I enjoyed all over New York (some were better than others).


Questions about making lemon cordial

Can I add other flavours?

Absolutely. Fresh ginger is really delicious and I’ve also had people add fresh mint or even chili.

Do you really need that much sugar?

Yep it might seem like a lot of sugar but you only need a lit bit of the cordial to make up a drink so it’s not a lot per serve.

Can you freeze lemons?

You sure can. Just pop them, whole, into a ziplock bag or container. When you’re ready to use them, defrost them in the microwave and you’ll get even more juice than usual.

Can you store the cordial in the pantry?

Unopened, as long as you put it in a properly sterilised bottle, the cordial will keep, unopened for a few months. Once it is opened, keep it in the fridge.


I think next time I’ll do a combo of lemon and lime but for now I’m pretty happy with my homemade refreshing lemon cordial.

Making my own soda will be the next step I suppose? Maybe a soda stream for Christmas? Has anyone got one and what are they like?

Lemon cordial

I’ve still got a couple of lemons on the bench to be whipped up into more lemon goodies so stay tuned for Saturday’s tasty dessert and another lemonlicious recipe next week. Enjoy!

Extra tip: before you juice your lemons, use a peeler to remove the zest and pop it in a jar or ziplock bag in the freezer so you’ve always got fresh zest on hand.


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Lemon cordial

If you like this then you’ll love my mock mojito recipe.

Lemon cordial

Lemon cordial

Yield: 750ml
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 3 tsp citric acid
  • Soda water to serve

Instructions

  1. Place the sugar, water, lemon juice and zest in a medium saucepan and heat, stirring, over high heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Bring it to the boil then reduce to a simmer and leave it to bubble away for 20 minutes or until it thickens slightly.
  3. Stir through the citric acid.
  4. Strain the cordial then pour it into a sterilised bottle.
  5. Serve with soda water (about 1 part cordial to 4 parts water).

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Claire Cameron

Nutrition and Wellness Coach student, mum of 2 (& 1/2) and creator of Claire K Creations, Claire Cameron is passionate about simplifying natural living for better health for busy families and a happier planet in a quick, easy & affordable (but not hippie!) way.

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Lemon cordial would also go quite nicely with pumpkin scones for afternoon tea.

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