This homemade Orange Cordial Recipe is the perfect solution for excess citrus. Bottle up those excess oranges and enjoy them throughout the year.

Forget the supermarket stuff. It’s so easy to make your own homemade orange cordial and you simply won’t beat the flavours of homemade cordial.

This recipe requires 4 or 5 small oranges, caster sugar, tartaric acid and water. It produces about one litre of cordial, so adjust the recipe according to how many oranges you have and how much cordial you’d like.

You’ll also need a muslin cloth to strain the cordial before bottling all that sweet orange-y goodness.

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orange cordial recipe

Orange Cordial

A classic orange cordial, based on an old-fashioned recipe.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: orange cordial recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 litre
Calories: 2103kcal


  • 300 ml fresh orange juice (4-5 small oranges, 3-4 larger oranges)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons tartaric acid
  • 2 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 cups water


  • Add tartaric acid to juice and stir to combine.
  • Add sugar and water to a saucepan, along with the zest, 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 as it starts to simmer.
  • Allow sugar mixture to cool for 10 minutes and then pour over orange juice and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Strain mixture using a muslin cloth. Pour into a sterilised bottle and place cap on 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: 2103kcal | Carbohydrates: 532g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 524g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 154mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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