Blood oranges are one of the prettiest fruits around and this Blood Orange Cordial takes advantage of both the colour and flavour of this wonderful winter fruit.

Last week we made Passionfruit Cordial. It was a hit in our house and we used up 12 of the passionfruit from our abundant backyard vine. A few readers pointed out that passionfruit are extremely expensive in the shops at the moment, which gave us a great excuse to experiment with some more flavours.

Beautiful Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are only in season for a few months, which only makes them all the more alluring. 

Last year, we cooked up some Blood Orange Marmalade to enjoy with warm toast and hot croissants.

This winter, we’re brightening up our days by putting some sunny-coloured cordial on the menu.  

This cordial is simple to make, with just four ingredients. Make sure you have some muslin cloth on hand to filter the cordial before bottling.

Once bottled, your cordial should last for up to 12 months in the pantry and it should be refrigerated after opening.

Good luck with the 12 months thing, though. It certainly won’t be lasting more than a few weeks in our house. Mixed with sparkling mineral water, it’s much like the Italian Aranciata Rossa drink you can sometimes find at Italian restaurants – only better!

blood orange cordial recipe

Blood Orange Cordial

Bottle the magic taste of passionfruit with this homemade passionfruit cordial syrup.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: blood orange cordial
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 143kcal


  • 3 medium or 4 small blood oranges (they should weigh around 500 grams in total)
  • 2 teaspoons tartaric acid
  • 2 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 cups water


  • Juice oranges (they should yield about 200ml of juice). Add tartaric acid and stir to combine.
  • Add sugar and water to a saucepan, along with the zest from about 1/2 of the oranges, and stir over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture just starts to simmer. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove mixture immediately once it starts to simmer.
  • Pour sugar mixture over orange juice and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Strain mixture using a muslin cloth and bottle.
  • Allow to cool and store in the pantry for up to 12 months. Or pop it in the fridge to enjoy immediately.
  • Enjoy mixed with water or soda water, using 1 part cordial and 4 or 5 parts water.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 4mg