Making homemade cordial is a great skill to have, not only is it delicious but it is so easy to make.  This is a great way to use excess lemons, and a great way to store your harvest from backyard lemon trees. Not to mention it is great tasting and wonderfully natural!  I have just made the last batch from last years lemons, which I squeezed and froze to be used for cordial making throughout the year.

The recipe calls for 3 cups of juice so I froze the juice in 3 cup quantities. I used Tupperware containers to freeze the juice into a block, then unmoulded the block and placed each one in a plastic bag, for easy and compact storage. When ready to make cordial just defrost the juice in a jug in the fridge the day before you need it. This recipe will work with any citrus juice, or a combination of several kinds.  Don’t be alarmed at the amount of sugar in the recipe; remember you are making a concentrate which will make about 1.5 litres of cordial concentrate.  You only use a small amount of concentrate in a glass then fill the glass with water, roughly one part cordial to four or five parts water.


  • 3 cups lemon juice (or any citrus juice)
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Place water in a medium saucepan
  2. Bring water to the boil
  3. Add sugar and stir over medium heat until dissolved
  4. Add juice and stir
  5. Pour into glass bottles (I use recycled pasata bottles)
  6. Refrigerate


This keeps really well in the fridge for at least a month. Sometimes I freeze part of the batch in a plastic bottle then defrost it when we need it.DSC00559