Hot Fruit Cordial Drinks for the Common Cold and Flu

lemon cordial in pot

Grandmother was right. A hot fruit cordial drink can truly help you overcome numerous symptoms caused by the common cold and flu.

Research has shown that a steaming cup of fruit cordial can relieve coughs and sore throats. As it happens, hot fruit cordial drinks provide a safe, inexpensive and effective resolution to today’s so called ‘no cure’.

For more information on the medicinal study of hot fruit cordial drinks see Hot Fruit Cordial Drinks – Far Better than Chicken Soup for Colds

Traditionally, cordials are made from the infusion of fruits, herbs, spices and other plants and sweetened with natural sugar. Although, many people feel that a cordial is any type of liqueur that has low alcohol content. To eliminate confusion, a cordial is a non-alcohol fruit beverage often used for medicinal purposes. A cordial that contains alcohol is a liqueur.

When making cordials, water is used instead of alcohol.  You can use about any type of fruit or herb you desire with this versatile recipe. It can also be made year round since fresh fruit is available any time of the year. I have made the recipe for Christmas, New Years and even the 4th of July.

To get ultimate medicinal value, cordials should be served warm. It makes a wonderful hot drink that soothes the throat and calms the flu. Just add some fruit cordial to hot filtered water and serve.


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berry cordial in bottle

However, cordials make a wonderful thirst-quenching beverage in the heat of the summer. Add a little cordial mixture to sparkling water or cold juice and you have an instant refresher.

Although the recipe requires standing and refrigeration times, it really is not a lot of work to make. Use approximately one part fruit, one part sweetener and one to two parts water.  You can use any type of sweetener you like. Just keep in mind that cordials are used for medicinal purposes, so stick to natural sweeteners like Honey or raw sugar. If you add herbs, use one part sweetener, one part water and generous portions of herbs.

You can also combine fruits and herbs to make your own creative elixir to suit your taste.  In addition, add Organic Citric Acid to help preserve the cordial; otherwise it will last 3-4 weeks in the fridge. Use your imagination, make different fruit cordials for various ailments. The world is at your fingertips! Enjoy, have fun and let me know what you made. I would love to hear your feedback and stories!  

Lemon Cordial
Yields 4
Healing, Comforting & Easy to Make
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 4 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 20 lemons)
  2. 4 ½ cups filtered water
  3. 4 cups honey or 4 ½ cups raw sugar
  4. 5-6 teaspoons citric acid (optional)
  1. Put the water, honey or sugar and citric acid in a large pot. Stir over a medium-low heat. Continue stirring until sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil or at least simmers. Note: it is best to use a wooden spoon to prevent contamination
  2. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes
  3. Mix in lemon juice and leave to cool for another 20 minutes
  4. Pour while still hot, into sterilized and airtight warm bottles. Make sure they are very clean
  1. For a stronger lemon flavor add a few teaspoons of lemon zest, to taste. If using berries, make sure and mash with a potato masher once cooked. Strain the mixture through a coarse sieve and then through muslin. Also use a coarse sieve and muslin if using herbs.
  2. To sterilize the bottles, clean and rinse in very hot water or place in a medium hot oven (300°F/150°C until bottles are warmed through but not red-hot.
  3. If you have a good seal on your bottles you do not need to store the fruit cordial in the refrigerator until they are opened. Store the cordial in a cool, dark place until ready to use.
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  1. January 22, 2015

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