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Quick ginger cordial in a jug with glasses of water and cordial

Quick ginger cordial

Published: March 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Makes approx 2 litres

Making your own cordial might seem complicated but it couldn't be easier. This ginger variety makes the base for a refreshing summer soft drink or cocktail


Try our ginger cordial then check out our rhubarb cordial, blackcurrant cordial and more summer cordial ideas.


  • 200g root ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 600g golden caster sugar
  • 15g (buy from chemists) citric acid


  • STEP 1

    Break the ginger into large pieces and peel. Cut into thin slices and put in a large pan. Peel the lemon rind into wide strips and add to the pan along with the juice. Cover with 1.5 litres water. Stir in the sugar and cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.

  • STEP 2

    Bring to the boil and boil for approximately 40 minutes or until the ginger is very soft and the liquid has reduced to a thin syrup. If it gets too thick stir in a little boiled water.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the citric acid. Strain through a funnel lined with clean muslin into a sterilized bottle.

  • STEP 4

    Stand until cooled then seal tightly and label. Store in the fridge, use within 3 months.


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