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A cordial or squash is a concentrated fruit-based syrup. In the undiluted state the syrup is very sweet, and is designed to be diluted with water, soda water or a carbonated drink. Once diluted – normally at a ratio of one part cordial to four or five parts it is known as a ‘squash’.
Cordials are popular throughout the world, and come in a variety of flavours, including orange, lemon, blackcurrant and lime, but vary according to the market in which they are sold. In some countries, cordials –usually lime or blackcurrant cordials - are added to beer to reduce the bitterness.