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orange cordial recipe
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Orange Cordial

A classic orange cordial, based on an old-fashioned recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: orange cordial recipe
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