Drinks Gift Ideas

Orange Cordial

This recipe is a basic Orange Cordial, you could substitute half the oranges with lemons to have a lemon / orange mix or even experiment with a lemon / lime combination.  You will find that the Citric and Tartaric acid give the mixture a lovely sour flavour which makes the mix super refreshing. These ingredients also increase the shelf life of the cordial.

Generally I make a huge mixture, so there is always enough to share with friends.  If you have a stash of empty, interesting bottles, these can be filled, beautifully labelled and given as gifts.  Before filling, it is important to properly wash and sterilise the bottles you use.

With the high sugar content and added acids, the cordial should keep for a few months.

Orange Cordial

Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Tartaric Acid
  • 2 Teaspoons Citric Acid
  • 8 Oranges


  1. Combine water and sugar in saucepan, mix over low heat until sugar dissolves, then add citric acid and tartaric acid and take off heat. 

  2. Allow sugar mixture to cool.

  3. Grate the rind from two oranges and add to liquid.

  4. Juice oranges and add to liquid.


  5. Strain the entire mixture through muslin into a jug and pour into sterilised bottles.  Store in fridge for about 4 weeks. 

  6. To serve, dilute to taste with water (about two or three tablespoons per cup)

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