Deliciously Refreshing – Old Fashioned Lemonade Cordial Recipe

There’s nothing as refreshing as a cool glass of Homemade Lemonade on a hot summer’s day. With summer showing no signs of waning, having a batch of Lemonade Cordial at hand means you can whip up a tray of cool drinks in a flash.

Homemade lemonade recipe

This recipe was passed on to me by my friend Dani Venn a few summers ago, you can make it up with plain or sparkling water.  Freeze the diluted mixture in icy-pole moulds to make a cool treat for the kids.

The lemon syrup also tastes fantastic in cocktails and mixed drinks, just add a shot of vodka and soda and you’ve got yourself a ‘hard lemonade’.

lemonade syrup recipe

Homemade lemonade recipe

Homemade lemonade recipe

Deliciously Refreshing Old Fashioned Lemonade

Yield: 4 L
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon zest
  • Lemon slices and Ice (to serve)
  • Still or sparkling water (to serve)


  • To make lemon syrup
  • Add sugar and water to a medium sized saucepan and stir on high heat until the sugar completely dissolves.
  • Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice and zest.
  • Pour into a sterilised jar or bottle and refrigerate until required
  • To make Lemonade
  • Add 1 part lemon syrup to 3 parts still or sparking water in a tall glass or jug and serve with ice and lemon slices.
    Old Fashioned lemonade recipe