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Homemade Ginger Cordial

This recipe for homemade ginger cordial, courtesy of Allen Katz, is used in his delicious cocktail, Eli's Elixir.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 cups
Homemade Ginger Cordial

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2008


  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 piece (3 inches) ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Slice the top and bottom of lemon with a paring knife. Set one of the flat sides on your work surface. From top to bottom, following the curve of the fruit, cut away peel. Trim off any white pith from peel and discard. Discard flesh or save for another use.

  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1 cup water, ginger, cream of tartar, and lemon peel to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add lemon juice and return to a boil. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bottle; let cool. Keep refrigerated, until ready to use, up to 2 weeks.

Reviews (1)

  • raeconnelly 10 Jun, 2012

    The recipe was straightforward and easy; the results yummy. We are mixing ours with soda water, and although it still contains plenty of sugar, it's got got to be a better choice than store-bought soda or cool aid.

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