Homemade raspberry cordial on a counter with limes, raspberries and a knife in the background

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If you are looking for a refreshing and sweet drink that’s perfect for hot summer days then look no further than this real-fruit raspberry cordial. This is great for kids and adults alike, and can even be made into a ‘very adult’ drink as it’s a great mixer for vodka or rum.

Is cordial alcoholic?

I believe cordial is a term used most commonly in the UK. You may also know it as squash. It’s not traditionally an alcoholic drink as it is essentially a concentrated fruit syrup, which is diluted with water to make a refreshing drink.

Of course, you can mix it with alcohol. and it’s a great mixer or cocktail ingredient, but it’s not technically alcoholic in it’s preparation and it’s most commonly used as a soft drink. It’s a great way to jazz up some plain water.

Is it healthy?

Raspberry Cordial on a Table from above with a chopping board with limes and raspberries

This recipe is semi-healthy. It’s made from fresh fruit with no artificial colourings. However, it does use quite a bit of sugar. You can use sweetener instead of sugar, although the cordial won’t be as ‘syrupy’. Both powdered and liquid sweeteners will both work well.

How long does it last?

You can keep this cordial for up to a week in the fridge. Store in a sealed container or bottle and dilute it as you use. You can also extend the life of the cordial by freezing it. An ice cube tray is a great idea. Just make sure to allow the cubes to melt into the water before drinking or it won’t have much flavour!


Raspberry Cordial Ingredients
  • Raspberries – fresh or frozen both work well
  • Sugar – granulated white sugar. You can also use the equivalent measure of sweetener for a sugar-free, low-calorie version
  • Lime juice – freshly squeezed or bottled pure lime juice (make sure not to buy lime cordial / mixer)
  • Water – for boiling the ingredients

How to make it

This raspberry cordial is unbelievably easy to make. First, add all the ingredients into a saucepan.

Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and then leave for 1-2 hours to infuse.

Use a potato masher to mash the mixture. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, using the back of a spoon to press all the liquid out of the pulp. Once fully cooled store in the fridge in a sealed jar.

To serve use around 1 tbsp per 100ml (3.3oz) of water, increasing or decreasing the amount to taste.

Recipe steps 1-3, boil ingredients, mash and then strain

Looking for more refreshing drink recipes? You might also want to try this strawberry cordial recipe or this homemade pink lemonade.

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Homemade raspberry cordial on a counter with limes, raspberries and a knife in the background

Raspberry Cordial

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 19 minute
  • Yield: 10 1x


A refreshing and natural raspberry cordial which is really easy to make and takes only 10 minutes of hands-on time. Can be mixed with either cold or hot water.

The default recipe makes around 10 x 200ml servings


  • 300g (10oz )raspberries – frozen or fresh
  • 150g (5oz) granulated white sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 250ml (1 cup) water


  1. Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. 
  2. Leave the mixture to infuse for 1-2 hours before using a potato masher to mash everything together. 
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Use the back of a spoon to push the mixture against the sieve to get as much as the liquid out as possible.
  4. Pour into a sealed bottle or jar in the fridge. To serve mix 1 tbsp per 100ml (3.3oz) of water. 


You can use lemon juice instead of lime juice. Use less or more to taste depending on how sweet you want the cordial

The cordial will keep for one week when sealed in the fridge

You can freeze the cordial – freezing in ice cube trays is a good way to extend the life of the cordial

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1 (2 tbsp with 200ml water)
  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 0.6g

Keywords: cordial, raspberry, soft drink, non-alcoholic, fruit, drink,

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