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  • Annemarie Bolduc

Homemade Citrus Cordial

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

A “squash” concentrate that can be made and much better with any fresh citrus juice!

Homemade cordial with freshly picked cumquats • Photography © Bottle and Brush Studio 2019

A “cordial” is quite a recent addition to my knowledge as this diluting juice was not very common in my Québec life. The liqueurs and syrups that I was more familiar with were different things. Cordials are basically concentrated non-alcoholic flavoured “squash” (fruit-flavoured drink). Traditional ones are made with elderflower, berries, ginger or citrus. Only a little drop of the syrupy liquid diluted with flat or sparkling water makes a lovely sweet-at-your-taste drink. Citrus harvesting season is in winter and when living where they grow, you can sometimes end up with loads of beautiful organic ones. There are so many recipes and preserving ways that I’ve learned and experimented with while living in Australia. For my later summer refreshing drinks, I freeze some ice cubes of lemon juice (perfect for ice teas) and make a few bottles of cordial with any citrus I get. Those can keep for 12 months if well stored. As we get many cumquats on the family farm, my favourite citrus homemade cordials are made with cumquat only or are mixed with lemon juice. With natural ingredients and lower sugar than any commercial soft drink, I’m enjoying my little citrus potions without guilt!

Lemon and cumquat citrus cordial © Bottle and Brush Studio 2020


This recipe is available to purchase as a card at our local points of sale, or by enquiry.

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