Thursday, December 1, 2011


First of all, I just want to apologise for the horrible post title. I couldn't resist.
Secondly, welcome to summer! (if you live in the Southern Hemisphere at least). This is my grandma's recipe for lemon cordial, which when mixed with soda water makes an excellent, all natural, super refreshing lemonade. If you're going to try any recipe I've posted on this blog so far, try this one. It might seem like a bit of work to juice 7 lemons, but the end result is totally worth it, plus it makes a huge amount (considering you mix it with 5 parts water), so it will definitely last you for the whole summer, depending on how many lemonade stands you want to set up outside your house!

Lemon Cordial for Lemonade


zest of 5 lemons

juice of 7 lemons (around 500ml)

2 cups sugar

2 cups water


Cook sugar and water in a pot until sugar is dissolved, bring to the boil and cook until a thin syrup forms (around 15 mins)

Remove from heat, add lemon juice and zest, and leave to stand for 5+ hours

Strain the cordial and pour into sterilised bottles. Mix 1 part cordial to 5 parts water/ soda water and serve over ice and mint leaves for ultimate Summer refreshment.

Note: Unless the bottles are completely sealed & airtight, I find it is best to keep it in the fridge. Alternatively, you can add half a teaspoon of citric acid when adding the lemon zest but I find that this changes the flavour slightly & makes it not completely ‘all natural’- but it does mean you don’t have to store it in the fridge.


  1. it really looks good. I will try this out =) I like your blog, so I'm a new follower =)

  2. We should try this!

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

  3. Oh YUM. Even though it's December...I could totally go for a nice, refreshing glass of this :)

    The Other Side of Gray