Lemon cordial recipe

On a hot summer afternoon, we searched for the perfect drink to quench our thirst. Our Simple Lemon Cordial Recipe was born. Yes, it is hot in Scotland, especially this summer.

This was not a shop-bought squash. This cordial was fresh, homemade, and made with freshly squeezed lemon juice. It tasted like summer. We didn’t know how good it was mixed with gin or rum when we were children. What a joy!

We then debated whether our memories were sufficient to allow us to share our Lemon Cordial recipe here… we decided that if it was so dearly remembered, others might also be able to enjoy it!

Lemon Cordial is not Scottish!!

We are not Scottish but understand that Lemon Cordial isn’t Scottish. But hang on! We promise that we have a solid connection to Scotland. To find it, you’ll need to continue reading.

What is Lemon Cordial?

Lemon Cordial is a refreshing mix of freshly squeezed lemons, water, and sugar. This drink can be mixed with water or tonic to make a refreshing, citrusy drink that will take you back to childhood summer memories, such as sunny barbecues and picnics.

From where does Cordial come?

One problem with dating the first Lemon Cordial, or Cordial, is that it can be used for many drinks. You can find medicinal and fruit-based liqueurs as well as alcoholic beverages.

Our cordial does not require alcohol distillation or any other form of alcohol. It also claims no medicinal benefits. What might be called syrup in the USA is Cordial or Squash, and it’s available in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

The origins of this cordial are traced back to a Scottish doctor in 1753. We already mentioned a connection. Dr. James Lind investigated the causes of scurvy in the British Royal Navy. To stop the spread of scurvy, Dr. James Lind discovered that lemons helped.

We Brits are called Limeys.

The lime juice wouldn’t keep fresh. This is a severe problem. Our second Scottish hero is here. Luchlin Rose, a Leith woman, discovers a way of preserving lime juice and creates Roses Lime Juice. This is the first Lime Cordial in the world, built-in in 1867.

This recipe would only exist with the two Scottish entrepreneurs. Rose’s recipe is still top-rated and can be found in shops today.

We made it to the end, phew! This is a condensed version, but it’s still worth reading.

It’s what do you call it? You can call it Cordial, Squash, or Diluting Juice.

Some drinks diluted with water can be called different names in different homes and countries.

It is even referred to as diluting juice in Scotland. We can’t see kids asking their parents for cutting fluid.

You can make it yourself and get a delicious, fresh-tasting beverage.

This makes a wonderful gift, especially if it’s in a beautiful bottle with a label. It can even create a lovely wedding favor by being given a small bottle of gin with a bow.

You’ll need these things to make lemon cordial.

  • Lemon Juicer
  • Zester
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • For storage, clean the bottle.

Ingredients for Lemon Cordial

    • 500ml of lemon juice
    • 500ml water
    • 500g granulated sugar
  • You will get 1 liter cordial. Mix it with water or sparkling water to make 4 liters.


  • A good-sized lemon should have approximately 2-3 tablespoons of fresh juice and around one tablespoon of zest. You may have to be careful with your fingers if you want to extract as much zest from a lemon as possible.
  • You will need 8-10 lemons to get 500ml, depending on the size of your lemons.

Step-by-step instructions on how to make lemon cordial

  • You can zest the lemons until there is about half a cup.
  • You will need to juice the lemons until there is 500ml of juice.


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