5th June 2020

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Recipe: Sandy Kenneway’s Homemade Lemon Cordial

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Recipe: Sandy Kenneway’s Homemade Lemon Cordial

Serves: 1 small bottle

Difficulty: Easy


Skin and juice of 4 lemons
1.5 cups of white sugar


This lemon cordial can be diluted to taste. It will taste like the best old-fashioned lemonade you have ever tasted. My preferred option is to combine with soda water and lots of ice.


1. Using a sharp peeler, take the skin off 4 lemons and add to a bowl with 1&1/2 cups of white sugar.

2. Using a wooden spoon, or muddling tool if you have one, gently press the skins and the sugar in the bowl until they have all had contact together. The sugar should have a slight glisten to it.

3. Cover with wrap and leave overnight. A sunny window ledge can speed things along.

4. Next day you will find the sugar has all dissolved and you have a very fragrant goo in the bowl.

5. Juice the lemons and add to the bowl, without worrying about pips and bits. Mix with the sugary solution and transfer to a pot.

6. Gently heat on the stove (do not boil) until all the sugar is fully dissolved, allow to cool and strain into a sterilised bottle or container. Voila!

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Sandy Kenneway

Sandy Kenneway has around 25 years of experience in the world of quality drinks, from managing Scotland’s largest wine shop to helping with the opening of Harvey Nicols in Edinburgh and striking out with his own businesses 10 years ago. Sandy is passionate about promoting Scotland’s amazing whiskies - with gins, cocktails, rums, beers and all other things fermented close behind. Sandy hosts fun, informative tasting events across Britain, including the hugely popular ones at Camp Glen Dye and The Good Life Experience.

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