Learning how to make cordials couldn’t be easier, with minimal ingredients and time needed. We love making the most of gluts of spring and summer produce by turning them into vibrant syrups for drinks.


These summery fruit cordials are delicious with tonic or sparkling water, or try using them in cocktails – we’d suggest using the cucumber and lime in a margarita, while the quick ginger cordial is delicious with lemonade or whisky.

Looking for more seasonal drinks? Find your signature drink for your next sun-soaked gathering with out easy summer cocktails. Alternatively, experiment with a range of fun and fabulous flavours with our easy mocktail recipes.

6 cordial recipes

Rhubarb cordial

Sass up your soft drinks and spritzes this summer with our refreshing rhubarb cordial, made with just three simple ingredients.

Cucumber and lime cordial

Make your own refreshing soft drink with three simple ingredients: limes, cucumber and sugar.

Lime Juice Cordial Recipe with Cucumber

Blackcurrant cordial

This cooling fruit cordial, used to make a summery blackcurrant mojito or diluted over ice, is perfect for summer sipping.

Easy Blackcurrant Cordial Recipe

Quick ginger cordial

We love this pungent ginger cordial as a base for a refreshing summer soft drink or cocktail – making cordial might seem complicated but it couldn’t be easier!

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

Strawberry cordial

Serve this simple strawberry and cardamon cordial diluted with chilled sparkling or tonic water, or topped up with sparkling wine, for the perfect summer refresher.

Strawberry Cordial Recipe

Hibiscus, pomegranate and rose shrub

Fancy experimenting with hibiscus powder? Now’s the time to try with this refreshing summery shrub – think of it as a sweetly acidic, grown-up cordial.

A glass of bright red liquid with ice and a slice of orange on a white stone coaster


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Hannah GuinnessSub editor and drinks writer

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