Homemade lemon and lime cordial

Making your own cordial is fairly easy and very rewarding, one of the advantages of making your own cordial is that you can experiment with flavours and come up with your own delicious concoctions.  

One of my favourites is lemon and lime. To make your lemon and lime cordial you will need the following;

Rind of 2 Limes

Juice of 4 Limes

Rind of 2 Lemons

Juice of 4 Lemons

400g Caster Sugar

800ml Water

5g Potassium Sorbate

3g Citric Acid

Large Saucepan

Large Measuring Jug

Muslin Cloth

2-3 500ml Swing Top Bottles

Fruit Juicer


Wash your fruit to remove all dust, soil, etc. Once your fruit is washed grate the rind (zest) of two lemons and two limes into the bottom of the fruit juicer.

Now cut your 4 lemons and 4 limes in half and squeeze the juice out of them using the fruit juicer.

Tip the water, sugar, ring and juice into the large saucepan and bring the mix to a simmer. Stir the mix constantly until all the sugar has dissolved and then simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Add the potassium sorbate and citric acid (dissolve the potassium sorbate in 10ml warm water first) and simmer for another 5 minutes. This will give your cordial a shelf life of around 12 months. 

 If you prefer not to add preservatives your cordial will last you around a month stored in the fridge.

Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Take a large measuring jug and cover with two layers of cheesecloth and slowly pour the mixture through the cheesecloth.

Tip all of the pulp into the cheesecloth and twist the cheesecloth tightly to make sure you squeeze as much cordial as you can from the pulp (if you prefer a clear Cordial then leave to naturally drain through for 12 hours). 

Once you have done this set the pulp aside and dispose of later.

Pour your cordial into sterilised bottles (you can sterilise your bottles by putting them in the dishwasher), place the lids on the bottles and allow to cool. 

 You should have enough cordial for just over two 500ml bottles, I like to use the Wilkos swing top bottles but any would work.

Serve as you would any shop bought cordial and dilute to taste.