Monday 14 March 2016

50 / 50 Fruit Cordial

I remember being at my Grandma's when she served 50  50 fruit cordial.  I thought it was just amazing that she could make cordial instead of buying it.  My Grandma had lots of fruit trees in her backyard so I'm certain the lemons used in this recipe came of her tree.

Years later when I had my own family I remembered this drink and wondered if anyone had the recipe.  Unfortunately no one knew of the recipe so I did a little bit of internet research.  As usual I found lots of recipes but combined them together to form my own.  Here's my recipe for 50 / 50 fruit cordial -

3 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of citric acid
1 tablespoon of tartaric acid
3 large lemons
3 large oranges
5 cups of boiling water

Zest the lemons and oranges and add to a medium saucepan.
Juice the lemons and oranges and add to the saucepan.
Add all remaining ingredients and boil for 10 minutes.
Cool the mixture, strain and pour into sterilised bottles.
To serve mix 1 part cordial to 4 parts water or to taste.

I'm not sure how long it lasts in the fridge but using sterilised bottles will keep it for at least 3 - 4 weeks.


*  When oranges are cheap in Winter,  I buy up big,  zest and juice the oranges together with lemons from our tree.  Then I place the mixture into  snap lock bags ( in batch size as per recipe ) and store in the freezer for Summer.

*  This recipe could be made as lemon cordial.

*  A bottle of homemade cordial makes great presents.  Just add a homemade gift tag and ribbon to jaz up the bottle.


  1. Love this recipe. Wendy, so yummy and homemade cordials are so trendy at the moment but so expensive. This is a great alternative to the bouquet cordials.


  2. I have never heard of tartaric acid. Where would I find this? Your recipe sounds really good and I would love to try it. :)

    1. It should be on the supermarket shelf near the baking powder.

  3. I've often heard of cordials but my family never made them. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Blessings, Leigh

  4. Hi Wendy, I'm new to your blog, looking forward to reading it.
    The cordial caught my eye anything to do with lemon is good in my book.
    I have never heard of tartaric acid either. Are you in the states? If so what store did you find it at?

    1. The cordial can be made without the tartaric acid. Maybe do a Google search to se what other name it comes under.

      I love anything lemon too.

  5. OOps I was just looking and see you are in Australia. LOL my mistake I will see if I can find the tartaric acid here.

  6. Tartaric acid (potassium bitartrate) is known as "cream of tartar" in the States. It's a dry powder, not a liquid as the name suggests. Check your baking aisle, as it's most often used to stabilize whipped cream and whipped egg whites.

  7. Tartaric acid is available at IGA stores. I found this out after a long search. 😀💛

  8. How do you sterilise the bottles?


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