Summer Cordials


Last summer I shared some cordial recipes and they proved immensely popular. For those of you who missed it last time around, here's a refrain.


My secret joy?

Making fantabulous, unusual, tasty cordials that are unexpected and exceptionally yummy.

I trot these out for holidays and parties, where I hawk-eye everyone to make sure they are enjoying them thoroughly.

I always worry that no one is actually as interested in these decadent decoctions as I am, so, this year, I Ieft them off the family's Christmas list to see if they'd be missed.

My punishment: having to drag a mixed-pack of cordials to a family wedding last weekend. Soon enough I was being asked by other guests for recipes.

So, it seems it is time to share with all of you, my faithful readers, some of my favorite, top-secret, summer cordial combos.

A few notes:

Cordials are great for summer entertaining: add a shot to seltzer or white wine, or use as a sauce for ice cream... yum!

If you want your cordials to be ready for July, you need to set them up now! They need to sit for 3 months.

If you don't know how to make cordials at all, click here for the recipe (it is simple).

And now (drum roll, please!), the super-secret, never-before-released-to-the-public, cordial formulas!

Lemon Lust

1 part organic lemons (skin on), 2 parts green apples, and a handful of lemon balm (dried or fresh)

Cool It!

Equal parts cucumber and pink grapefruit, a handful of dill (fresh or dried) and a handful of spearmint (fresh or dried)


This is great for making home-made and slightly alcoholic ginger ale: 2 parts ginger, 1 part pear... just like this, it's very clean and spicy tasting. If you want to funk it up, add either one whole vanilla bean pod or a few sprigs of rosemary.


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Wendy Bridgewater

Wendy Bridgewater said:

Maia thanks SOOOO much for putting this out again!!! I thought I had saved the recipe somewhere but could not find it. I was just trying to figure out how to make the Elderflower cordial before the flowers are all gone—-and like magic your post showed up just in perfect time. Thank you!!! Congratulations on your move and new journey. Wishing you ease and much love, Wendy

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