This is so easy and actually tastes of the fruit – no need to worry about what % of fruit is in the cordial. You know and can taste it. Home made cordial is quite trendy at the moment, it is very easy and is a great use for excess citrus fruit.


  • 4 cups sugar (makes a fairly strong cordial – why store added water)
  • 7 cups boiling water
  • 7 cups of juice from limes, lemons, mandarines, tangelos, grapefruit – any combination of citrus.
  • Zest peeled from the skins of 4 pieces of the fruit
  • 1 tbs tartaric
  • 1 tbs citric acid


Bring the water to a boil with the citrus zest, add the sugar and powders, stir until dissolved and continue to boil for 3 minutes, add the juice and return to simmer for a further 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain out the zest and other solids.

Bottle in clean containers (Old wine bottles are good).

Serve with chopped fresh mint, a touch of ginger beer cordial and top up with water or soda water. Make ice cubes out of the mixed cordial for parties so the drink doesn’t dilute.

Serve in a large glass jar.

Tastes like a very adult cocktail, but its not alcoholic. It wouldn’t be hard to make it that way though.

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