Grapefruit Cordial

I love how one word can have so many meanings! Being cordial means amongst other things being pleasant. When I deal with suppliers I try to be as cordial as possible. What makes me wonder, is why some people ignore polite emails when they are actually complaints. I recently took on a new product range but my clients were unhappy with the products and asked me to not stock this range of body products any more. The Beautiful Earth products were to replace The Victorian Garden range I was no longer stocking. My customers were unhappy with the shampoo but as I would rather stock one range of body products I decided to not stock any of their products. When I sent them an amiable email telling them my customers were complaining about the products, they did not ask me what the complaint was. They merely replied saying they would take me off their database. I found that so strange, but as I had only placed one order with them I left it at that. But when I told a supplier I have been dealing with since 2009 that my customers were complaining about the consistency of her product range I expected some sort of response. Better Earth has been a regular supplier of household products and I love using them as I love the ethos behind the company. But, my complaint has been met with silence. Kerry has not emailed me back or called me to find out more about the complaint. As I needed to supply my customers with products they are happy with I turned to Earth Sap who do both body and  household products. I can only hope my relationship with them will be more than cordial. Now, let us turn to the noun which means a sweet fruit-flavoured drink. This grapefruit cordial is not too sweet and is extremely refreshing.

Grapefruit Cordial
Grapefruit Cordial
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Grapefruit Cordial

Mix this not too sweet grapefruit cordial with soda water for an extremely refreshing drink.
Recipe Category: Drinks
Makes enough for: 1 batch cordial
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  • 125 mls water
  • 100 g fructose
  • 1 grapefruit, zest plus
  • 250 mls grapefruit juice
  • 5 mls citric acid


  • Place the water and fructose into a small saucepan
  • Over a medium heat, stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved
  • Bring to the boil and leave to bubble away for 5 minutes
  • Add the zest and the juice and bring back to the boil
  • Leave to simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and add the citric acid
  • Leave to cool before storing in the fridge


Use with soda water at a ratio of 5:1. Add a tot of Campari for a cocktail.

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26 thoughts on “Grapefruit Cordial

  1. Hi Tandy, sounds like they need to hire people that care about their products. Love this grapefruit cordial. We have a grapefruit tree, fruit should be ripe in January, February, will save this for then.

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