Old Fashioned Lemon Cordial Recipe – Deliciously Refreshing!

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 Lemon Cordial at hand means you can whip up a tray of cool drinks in a flash.

Homemade lemonade recipe

This delicious lemon cordial recipe was passed on to me by my friend Dani Venn a few summers ago.

You can mix it up with plain filtered or tap water for a classic lemonade cordial drink, or combine it with sparkling water, for a fizzy refreshing thirst quencher. 

This old fashioned lemonade cordial recipe is so versatile, it even makes delicious iced Popsicles. Freeze the diluted mixture in icy-pole moulds to make a cool treat for the kids.

Not just for kids! The lemony 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

If you are lucky enough to have your own lemon tree at home, this lemon cordial recipe is a great way to preserve your bountiful harvest.

Store in thoroughly sterilized jars or bottles to keep your lemonade cordial for several months.

This recipe makes around 1/2 L of lemon cordial concentrate, that can then be mixed up to make around 4L of Old Fashioned Lemonade.

Homemade lemonade recipe

Homemade lemonade recipe

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Deliciously Refreshing Old Fashioned Lemonade

Deliciously Refreshing Old Fashioned Lemonade

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

This versatile lemon cordial recipe is easy to make and can be kept on hand to prepare a thirst quenching old fashioned lemonade with still or sparkling water.


  • 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

  1. Add sugar and water to a medium sized saucepan and stir on high heat until the sugar completely dissolves.
  2. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and zest.
  4. Pour into a sterilised jar or bottle and refrigerate until required

To make Lemonade

  1. 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.


This recipe makes around 1/2 L of lemon cordial concentrate that can be mixed with water to make upto 4L of lemonade drink.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is an estimate only and may vary depending on ingredients used.

Old Fashioned lemonade recipe