Recipes from a Singapore kitchen

Lemon Cordial

March 6th, 2012 | Posted by yvonne in Drinks - (0 Comments)

Lemonade by the glass

This is one of the most refreshing drinks that you can make. Tangy lemon cordial is a concentrated lemonade syrup that allows you to stir up a glass at a time without having to take up a ton of space in the fridge! This makes around 1 1/2 pints total and the ratio is a snap to remember: equal parts sugar, water, lemon juice.  It’s easy to make (especially if you get your little helpers to squeeze lemons for you) and it keeps for weeks in the fridge.

To start, squeeze 1 1/2 cups of fresh lemon juice. It took about 10-12 lemons to achieve this. You can also substitute lime juice for all or part of the lemon juice.

squeeze 1 1/2 cups juice

Next, heat 1 1/2 cups water with 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons citric acid, stirring gently, until it comes to a simmer and the sugar is dissolved. Citric acid adds a really nice zingy tang to the cordial. It’s the powdered form of a natural acid that’s found in citrus fruits. You can find it in the supermarket, baking supply store, or online.

Add 1 1/2 cups sugar and 2 teaspoons citric acid to 1 1/2 cups water

I found this in my local bakery supply store

After the mixture has just come to a simmer and the sugar is dissolved, let it cool for about 10 minutes and then stir in the lemon juice.

Stir in the lemon juice

Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then use a funnel to pour into a clean bottle. I found that a 750ml bottle of Jack Daniels fits the door of my fridge perfectly. Store the bottle in the fridge.

Use a funnel to pour into clean bottle

To serve, I use about 1/4 cup of cordial to 8 ounces of water, but you can adjust the ratio to you your liking. Sometimes I’m in the mood for just a hint of flavor in my glass of water. Enjoy!



1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons citric acid

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice


1. Heat water with sugar and citric acid until mixture just comes to simmer and sugar is dissolved, stirring gently. Let cool 10 minutes.

2. Stir in lemon juice and cool to room temperature.

3. Pour into clean, dry bottle and store in refrigerator.