Makes approx. 3 litres.


500g pearl barley

3 litres water

1 kg caster sugar

6 – 8 lemons (depending on personal preference for taste)

75g citric acid


 Place the pearl barley and water into a large pan

 Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes

 Combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and citric acid together in a bowl.

 When the barley is cooked strain the hot liquid ONLY on to the lemon mix in the bowl..

 Stir to combine, cover and let rest for 24 hours.

 Strain the cordial into a clean bowl and then bottle.

 Serve diluted with water and ice – stir when in the glass.

 Will store in the fridge for several weeks.

N.B. This makes quite a thick cordial so you don’t need to use a lot.

For something extra special, mix with soda water strait from the fridge.