Lemon Cordial Recipe

We have five lemon trees in our garden and they are all full of lemons at this time of year, so Jen and I decided to make Lemon Cordial with our bounty of lemons. This is a recipe from granny and it is lovely.


3 lemons

2 teaspoons of citric acid

900 grams of sugar

a large bunch of mint

750 ml boiling water

Grate all the skins off the lemons and place them in a bowl, then squeeze the juice from the lemons over the skins. Add all the other ingredients, pour the boiling water into the bowl and stir until the sugar has disolved, crushing the mint at the same time.

Let this mixture cool down and then strain and bottle when cool. It can be stored in the fridge.

Because this is a cordial, you only need to pour a tiny amount in a glass and fill the rest of the glass with filtered water. This is such a refreshing drink, enjoy!

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8 Responses to Lemon Cordial Recipe

  1. Carle September 27, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    Yum, Does it have a good shelf life?

  2. Linda September 27, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Hello Carle’

    Yes, because of the citric acid, it does last quite a few weeks, but because it is so yummy, it is usually gone long before then 🙂

    I have just made a double lot of 1,5 litres and it is almost all gone!!

  3. Carle September 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    Yup! Thats what I thought!

  4. dottyspots October 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm #

    Oh to have lemon trees fruiting in the garden ;0)

    AFAIK it’s possible to sterilise which should extend the shelf-life (in a similar way to bottling?)

    My mother makes blackcurrant cordial – it’s wonderful. I keep meaning to make rosehip syprup, but never seem to quite get around to it when they’re in season.

  5. Linda October 4, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    I love the lemon trees, they seem to just keep fruiting! We also have an Elderberry tree that is about to burst into berries, I want to try and make Elderberry Juice.

    Ooh, Blackcurrant cordial, that sounds divine, do you have a recipe to share?

  6. WonderWhyGal June 19, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    That recipe looks so refreshing…I’ll have to try it this weekend.

  7. Marny CA March 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I live in southern California — where lemon trees seem to be everywhere — and in the supermarkets they are almost $1 each! Or close to it.


    When we lived in NY the California fruit was delicious – once we moved here, I found out that all the good fruit is shipped to NY and we get the leftovers. Most fruit that I purchase goes into the garbage after one bite.

  8. Jeanne November 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    Do you know that clicking on spaghetti the lemon cordial recipe appears. Any chance you could email the bolognese recipe?

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