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

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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.
4.80 from 5 votes
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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Bailee

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

I make this fresh all the time but have never stored it long term. Does the cap need to seal? And what else can I use instead of Tartaric acid?

Libby Hakim

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

Hi! If you seal the cap properly it will store better/longer. You can substitute citric acid, however I recommend Tartaric acid as included in the original recipe. It is a better preserver and will also enhance flavour more, from what I understand. I avoid making suggestions re: how long cordials will last as this depends on so many factors. I personally take a risk averse approach and try to refrigerate my cordials within a couple of months or straight away.

Maurice

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Thanks, how long to is the shelf life for room temperature and refrigerated

Maurice

Monday 14th of February 2022

How do you make a larger batch of cordials and adding tartaric or citric acid measurements with it

Libby Hakim

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi Maurice. Simply multiply all ingredients by 2x, 3x etc. Good luck!

Libby Hakim

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi Maurice. If you double the sugar, water and fruit, just double the amount of tartaric acid. Good luck!

Jo

Friday 19th of November 2021

Can you make this with a sugar substitute (like stevia, xylitol, erythritol, etc.)?

Jo

Saturday 20th of November 2021

@Libby Hakim, thanks, I figured that it might be a problem.

Libby Hakim

Friday 19th of November 2021

Hi Jo - you could try this however just be aware that the original recipe contains two preservers, the sugar and the tartaric acid. I don't believe sugar substitutes are preservers so you'll just be relying on the tartaric acid.

Gabrielle Valodze

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Simple and tastes amazing; the taste of freshly picked orange ia lovely. Not full of nasties like the ones on the supermarket shelves.

Libby

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Thanks for your review, Gabrielle. I always have Nana Ling's cordial in my fridge now and it's fun to experiment with different fruits. There are a few other flavours on the website. Happy cooking!

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