Homemade Lemon Cordial | Gluten Free, Low FODMAP


How refreshing is a glass of tangy homemade ‘lemonade’? Made with real lemons, just enough sugar, and water. That’s it. Three ingredients! This isn’t a thick syrupy cordial, with random ingredients. It makes a deliciously light and zingy drink, when diluted with sparkling water.

My son loves making homemade ‘lemonade’. It is a great school holiday project that you can do with your kids. It is also an easy way to use an abundance of citrus from the garden, neighbours tree or roadside stall.

Homemade Lemon Cordial


About 6 cups of ‘cordial’ (which is then diluted with sparkling water)


  • 2 cups of organic raw sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2kg of organic lemons (about 3 cups of juice)


  1. Combine water and sugar in a large heatproof jug, or saucepan
  2. Heat and stir to dissolve sugar, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Juice lemons
  4. Strain the lemon juice
  5. Mix together the lemon juice and sugar syrup
  6. Transfer to a clean, sterilised bottle, and store in the fridge for up to a week.


  • Dilute 1 part lemon cordial with 2 parts soda water
  • Serve chilled, with ice and sprig of mint



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