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Cranberry lemonade cordial recipe

Cranberry lemonade cordial recipe

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Tart cranberries, zingy lemons and caster sugar combine in this delicious cordial, a wonderfully festive edible gift idea that even the little ones can get involved with. See method

  • Serves 2 (makes 750ml)
  • 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook, plus cooling
  • 16 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 800g cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 600g caster sugar
  • 4 lemons, zested and juiced

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 4.1g Protein 0.2g Fibre 0g


  1. Put the cranberries in a saucepan with the sugar. Pour over 800ml water. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 10 mins and gently mash the cranberries every so often to release the juices, until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the lemon juice and zest then simmer for a further 3 mins. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then pass through a muslin cloth or a fine sieve. Pour into sterilised bottles*, stopping 2cm from the top, and seal. Store in the fridge until ready to gift or serve. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  3. To serve, dilute the cordial to your preferred strength with sparkling or still water, over ice.

See more Christmas edible gift ideas

*To sterilise the bottles, wash with hot, soapy water and rinse. Dry in the oven for 25 mins at gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C. Boil screw caps or rubber seals for 10 mins, then leave to dry.

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