Home Made Lemonade

This recipe is for a simple lemon cordial, to use up any spare citrus you might have around the house. Add to water, or mix with some soda water, mint leaves and lemon for a refreshing home made lemonade. For a grown-ups only version, add a splash of vodka or gin, if you like. Alternatively, you could try a gingery variation below. NOTE: Leonard the Lemon (above) was not harmed in the making of this recipe.
Serves: Makes about 1 litre of cordial
Cooking Time: Prepare the day before you want it, to allow flavours to develop. Requires approximately 20 minutes preparation and boiling time.


+ 2.5 cups caster sugar
+ zest of 5 lemons
+ 600 ml lemon juice (juice of approximately 8 lemons)
+ lemon slices, mint leaves and soda water to serve
VARIATION: Add minced ginger to taste to the finished product, for a healthy variation


Place the sugar and 2 cups of water in a medium sized saucepan, on a medium high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook over a high heat until a thin syrup forms. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir through the lemon zest and juice. Transfer to a jug, or bottles for storage, and chill for a minimum five hours. Before using, you can strain the cordial if you wish before storing in sterilised bottles.

To make the lemonade, mix one part cordial with five parts soda water. Garnish with mint, lemon wedges and ice cubes.

Original recipe sourced from the  Family Archives.

2 thoughts on “Home Made Lemonade

  1. Doesn’t Leonard the Lemon usually reside on the sunny south coast or is that where he originated from?

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