Most of us, in the North Island of New Zealand at least, have access to a lemon tree, either our own or a neighbour’s. If you have to, you can of course buy lemons from the local fruit and vege shop, or your local weekend market!

This lemon cordial mixture keeps in covered containers in the fridge for a couple of months, and is a very economical and tasty alternative to bought fruit drinks. You only need a little of the syrup in the bottom of a glass of water to make a delicious refreshing drink.

You can also choose the sweetness of the final drink. This is great when you have children of different ages. Nothing beats a cool glass of homemade lemonade cordial in the summer sun. And once the kids go to bed you can always try out one of these 31 lemon cordial cocktails to sip as the sun goes down!

Old Fashioned Lemon Cordial Concentrate

Old Fashioned Lemon Cordial Concentrate

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10


  • Juice and grated rind of 3 lemons
  • 30 g citric or tartaric acid powder (from the baking section at your supermarket)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups boiling water


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large heat-proof bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Allow the mix to cool, then transfer to clean bottles with lids (thoroughly cleaned glass bottles of the kind that sauces come in are good).
  3. Store in the fridge and use a little in a glass, topped up with water, as required.
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Robert Glensor is the founder of the Paraoa Bakehouse- the home of Purebread organic breads and Gluten Free Goodies. With a love of good bread and a passion for all things organic and sustainable, Robert writes about all manner of issues to do with living green.

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