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Cool off this summer with this fresh and zingy recipe for lemon cordial.

  • Makes1, Makes 1 1/4 cups (310ml) + per 20ml serve
  • Cook time5 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes
Lemon cordial

Ingredients

  • 4 lemons, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar

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Method

  1. Step 1

    Place lemon rind, sugar and ½ cup (125ml) water in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside for 1 hour to cool and allow the flavours to develop.

  2. Step 2

    Add the lemon juice to the syrup and stir to combine. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean jug, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour cordial into serving glasses and top with soda water and ice to serve. Store leftover cordial in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe tip

COOK. STORE. SAVE
Clever storage: You can store lemon cordial in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

Use it up: Add mineral water to any leftover cordial mixture and pour into ice cream moulds to turn it into homemade icy poles. 

Lemon cordial recipe

Lemon cordial is an Australian summer staple. This sweet, zesty concentrated drink is a refreshing beverage best served ice cold. Be sure to dilute the lemon cordial with water, soda water, tonic or mineral water and top with extra lemon slices next time you entertain family or friends. It’s also perfect for a picnic or barbecue. 

How to make lemon cordial

While you can purchase store-bought versions, this homemade lemon cordial recipe is made from just three ingredients and is a great way to use up lemons.

Simply take the zest of four large lemons and combine with caster sugar and water, and simmer for an hour to allow all the flavours to infuse and develop. Once the mixture is cool, stir in the juice from the lemons and pass through a strainer to remove any pulp and to extract as much juice as possible.

Lemon cordial: an old fashioned summer drink

Serve this old fashioned lemon cordial recipe with soda water and ice to create a refreshing lemonade. You can also use it as a base or mixer for making other drinks. Think a splash of vodka for a zingy summer cocktail, a nip of gin and lavender for a twist on a gin and tonic, or even fresh passionfruit and pineapple juice for a thirst-quenching mocktail. 

While lemons are the hero of lemon cordial recipes, you can try different variations with other citrus fruits such as lime or grapefruit. 

Now get cooking

For more alcohol-free drink ideas to serve this summer, try this ginger and lime fizz, cucumber and lemon lime cooler or this non-alcoholic strawberry pina colada.

If you’re looking for something with a bit of a kick, you’ll love this blackberry and pink gin splice, watermelon and lime caipiroska punch or this raspberry and prosecco punch.  

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Lemon cordial

Lemon cordial
  • Makes1, Makes 1 1/4 cups (310ml) + per 20ml serve
  • Cook time5 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 lemons, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
    Description

    Cool off this summer with this fresh and zingy recipe for lemon cordial.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Place lemon rind, sugar and ½ cup (125ml) water in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside for 1 hour to cool and allow the flavours to develop.

    2. Step 2

      Add the lemon juice to the syrup and stir to combine. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean jug, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour cordial into serving glasses and top with soda water and ice to serve. Store leftover cordial in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.