Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

If you like ginger, you will like this cordial. Note: this cordial should last for several weeks in the fridge. However, if it bubbles or looks odd, throw it out. Prep and cooking time does not include sterilisation of glass bottle.


  1. Boil the water, sugar, ginger, rind and cream of tartar for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the lemon or lime juice.
  3. Bring to the boil again.
  4. Take off the heat, strain and pour into a sterilised bottle which will hold approximately 6 cups of liquid.
  5. Use like ordinary cordial, either with iced water for a cooling drink, or hot water for a warming drink on a winter's night.
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Another use for this recipe... I took the lemon and ginger peelings/pulp left over from this and added more water. Put it back in a sauce pan and let it simmer away...It made the greatest room freshener!!

Aroostook January 01, 2003

This cordial disappears rather quickly from the fridge so get in sooner to get your share! This recipe scales down well if you want to make a smaller amount.

Missy Wombat July 25, 2003

I halved the amount of sugar suggested as we found it too sweet. (I usually reduce sugar by at least 25% for US recipes as we tend to like things less sweet in Europe). Also left let the flavours infuse before straining when cool for added tang.

emma.howard June 09, 2007