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Homemade lemon cordial recipe made using fresh lemons.

Homemade lemon cordial

Sitting in my little office I get glimpses of our lemon tree.

Yes how lucky am I to have a giant lemon tree? It was one of the first things I saw when we inspected the house and I fell in love. I probably had visions of all the delicious lemon recipes I was going to make from that very first meeting.

Lemon curd, lemon cupcakes and of course homemade lemon cordial.

It seems we only get an awesome crop every second year and while I’m sad to see just a few lemons this year I’m excited by the hundreds of snow-white buds covering the tree like a blanket.

I didn’t even know you could get two lots in the one year so it’s a bonus although it has been known to put out a whole lot of buds that don’t turn to actual lemons. Fingers crossed!

Homemade lemon cordial recipe made using fresh lemons.

When I first made this cordial, I had a Kitchenaid food processor with a juicer attachment and once 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 to see how many pieces of fruit I could cut in one minute. Then I’d try and beat it the next minute. I even kept a tally by marking the box with the knife.

When you’re earning $12 an hour, you have to make it fun! Yes competing with myself is my idea of fun.

On this occasion, I got through 9 (zesting 4 as well) and got a whopping 2.5 cups of juice. But what to do with it?

Our tree has the juiciest lemons I’ve ever seen.

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 I thought I’d try my hand at making my own lemon cordial based on the ingredients on the back of the lime cordial bottle.

Homemade lemon cordial recipe made using fresh lemons.

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

Homemade lemon cordial recipe made using fresh lemons.

I wasn’t too sure what it was for but I added it anyway and later discovered it’s a natural preservative that is really commonly used.

What is lemon cordial?

Ok so you probably already know this but It’s a concentrated form of drink that you can add to soda or mineral water to add flavour.

It’s not something you drink straight. That would induce quite the sugar high and I’m going to say not taste too good.

Why make your own cordial?

My number one reason for making things from scratch is always that you can ensure there are no added nasties like preservatives or artificial flavours.

It also, most of the time saves money and saves on waste because you’re not constantly buying and then throwing out bottles. Homemade lemon cordial makes a great gift too.

What you’ll 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 use other citrus fruits to make cordial?

Absolutely! This recipe would work well for any sort of citrus you might just need to adjust the sugar. If you’re using a sweeter citrus like orange then you won’t need as much.

For something like grapefruit though, you might require a little extra.

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 on the bench (or in the microwave if you’re short on time) 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.

What do you store homemade lemon cordial in?

You will need to make sure you have a sterilised bottle or jar. You can re-use old jars or bottle as long as they’re nice and clean. I have a quick and easy tip for removing the labels so you can reuse your old jars.


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

Homemade lemon cordial recipe made using fresh lemons.

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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If you like this lemon cordial recipe 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).

About Claire Cameron

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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