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Lemon Cordial

lemonade in a glass

lemon cordial

uses lemon carcasses, as well as whole fruit
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, leftovers, lemons
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 bottle
Cost per portion 94p
Calories: 890kcal
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  • 4 lemons small/medium fruits
  • plus your saved lemon carcasses if you have used the juice to make houmous
  • 230 g sugar


  • Cut lemons into eighths, removing only the very top and tail (just a couple of milimetres of trimming). Boil them and the sugar, in approximately a litre of water for around 45 minutes to an hour, until they are very mushy and have fallen apart.
  • Click here to start a 45 minute timer
  • Pulverise the fruit and all the liquid in your food processor/liquidiser until it is a very smooth liquid.
  • Dilute this approximately 1:5 but test to see what strength you prefer.
  • Make this once in the month if you are following our planner.


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Nutrition Facts
lemon cordial
Amount Per Serving
Calories 890
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 230g77%
Sugar 230g256%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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