Friday, July 31, 2015

Homemade Lemon Cordial

As I have mentioned, part of my new simple lifestyle is to start making more food from scratch.  You've seen my ice cream attempt (which was delicious...and has been replicated three times already), and I have given pasta a go, and I had fun the other day making butter, and I will be trialling homemade bread done the old fashioned not using a bread machine.  I've been putting this one off actually, for some reason it's terrifying idea...what's the worst that could happen really!?!  Some kind of random yeast explosion?  Anyway....

The one big success I had was making lemon cordial, a recipe that I got off my mother.  She used to make it for us, although the recipe itself belonged to her mother.  It's fantastic.  A real bitey lemon flavour, with a crazy amount of sugar, but I water it down for the kids so much that I'm more than happy to give it to them, especially knowing that there is no preservatives and other nasties in it.

So here we Grandmother's recipe....

You need...

The juice of 4 oranges
2 lemons
Finely grated rind of 2 oranges and 2 lemons.  (Now for my attempt I actually used 4 lemons because my oranges were not very make the call based on what you have)
1 1/2 oz's of tartaric or citric acid (which is equal to 42.5g)
1 tsp Epsom salts
2 lb sugar (907.2 grams)
1136 ml boiling water

Ok, so I know the amounts are a little weird, but these are all taken from Nan's old recipe based on the old system, then converted so I can understand it, bear with me on that!

Find yourself a nice big container (I used a big deep bucket like container) and pour the water over all the ingredients.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Bottle when cold.

Simple as that!  I had an empty cordial bottle and a wine bottle (of all things), and I filled these up, plus had a jar full of the remainder which I later poured into a bottle once some had been drunk.  Make sure you get yourself a little funnel, it makes pouring the cordial into the bottles a lot easier.

I'm going to look up some other recipes and try making some other flavours.  Give it a's so easy, you'll wonder why you ever bought store bought cordial in the first place!



  1. Maybe it's because I'm American, but how have I never heard of this? Combining these two juices. I love both, I can't imagine they wouldn't be awesome together? (: Have an amazing weekend Amber!

    1. It definitely tastes more lemon than orange, but they are great together! Hope you have a good weekend too!

  2. I have never even heard of something called a cordial. I mean, I've heard of "cherry cordial" but I don't know what it is!! Thought it was a pie-type dessert LOL. This recipes sounds awesome. Spencer really likes tart/sour lemon or I like "bitey" as you've put it. I want to try this along with your ice cream. AWESOME!!

    Much Love!!!
    -Stephanie Eva

    1. Can't believe you haven't heard of cordial! Word of warning if you do happen to make it by some strange chance (!). When you drink it you put a little bit in the bottom of your about an inch...and then you top it up with a full glass of water. Put in as much cordial as you like to make it stronger or weaker...but what ever you do...DON'T drink it straight!! It will blow your head off!!!! Even the store bought cordial is meant to be made with a just a bit of cordial mixed with mostly water. ;)

    2. OH MY GOSH I'M SO GLAD I READ THIS REPLY hahahaha. Yeah I had NO idea. I wonder, could we mix it with seltzer/fizzy water, too? Thank you for telling me because I literally would have had it straight up and died.

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    1. Yes, give it a go. Stephanie was just saying in her comment above that she'd never heard of I had to give her instructions on how to drink case she gave it a go. Just in case you have never had it...make sure to mix a tiny bit of cordial with water! (drinking it straight will be super intense!!)