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Magnolia Cordial

This Magnolia Cordial is so easy to make and such a beautiful way to celebrate spring! With a mild ginger flavour and floral aroma, Magnolia is an amazing seasonal ingredient and the base syrup for this cordial is versatile. Make sure to wash the petals thoroughly before using them. We crushed the remaining petals with sugar and rolled and covered the rim of the glass to elevate this drink and make it look really elegant! Serve with some sparkling water on ice for a delicious drink!Takes 20 mins to make Makes 400ml

Takes 25 minutes

Serves 10


  • 100 g magnolia petals
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 300 ml water

Magnolia sugar

  • 50 g magnolia petals make sure they’re dry so the sugar doesn’t go mushy
  • 100 g caster sugar


  • Prepare petals: Strip the petals from stamen & wash thoroughly
  • Make syrup: Place sugar and water in a pan and place over a low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Add petals and infuse: Add the magnolia petals and leave uncovered to barely simmer for 10 -15 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't stick or burn.
  • Strain and leave to cool: Strain the syrup through a sieve into a sterilised bottle.
  • Seal and leave to cool. The syrup will thicken as it cools.
  • Make magnolia sugar: crush the magnolia petals with the sugar in a pestle and mortar until it turns into a pint hued sugar. Transfer sugar to a plate and roll the rim of a glass in the sugar until it sticks and forms an elegant magnolia sugar glazed glass!
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