Best-Rated Cordials

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Best-Rated Cordial 2023

Most Satisfied Customers | Cottee’s & Diet Rite

Cottee’s & Diet Rite scored a sweet dual win in Canstar Blue’s cordial review. Both brands rated five stars for packaging design and overall satisfaction, with Cottee’s scoring additional top marks for variety & range, and Diet Rite for value for money.

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How we rate cordial

Cordial may be the ‘sweet something’ to bring to any party, whether it’s a child’s birthday or a boozy night in with the gals (hello raspberry gin!). It’s also a pantry staple in many households. Nearly half of the Aussies we surveyed (45%) even say they drink cordial to help them with their water intake, while nearly one in five enjoy multiple glasses per day (18%). Over a third of those surveyed (34%) similarly said they opt for sugar-free or diet alternatives.

Canstar Blue surveyed 1,221 Australians for their feedback on the cordial brand(s) they’ve purchased and consumed in the last three months. Note: this refers to cordial (i.e. a concentrated syrup) purchased from a supermarket or grocer.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their cordial brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a brand of cordial as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Taste: the cordial tasted authentic (i.e. not overprocessed) and as expected given the description (i.e. raspberry, orange, grapefruit, lemon & lime, etc.).
  • Value for money: the cordial was reasonably priced given the quality and quantity.
  • Variety & range: the range offered cordials in different flavours, sizes, and dietary versions (i.e. sugar-free.).
  • Packaging design: the cordial packaging made for easy pouring, travel, and storage.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

1. Cottee’s & Diet Rite
2. Golden Circle
3. Bickford’s
4. Schweppes
5. Coles
6. Woolworths
7. ALDI Westcliff

Cottee’s and Diet Rite shared a refreshing win in 2023. Both brands rated five stars for packaging design and overall satisfaction, with Cottee’s scoring additional top marks for variety and range, and Diet Rite for value for money. Other wins included Golden Circle for variety and range, and Bickford’s for taste and packaging design.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

Top Cordial Brand – Cottee’s

An institution at Aussie picnics, BBQs and pool parties, Cottee’s cordial has been refreshing and reviving busy bodies since 1927. The cordial brand is known for its top flavours cola, lime and raspberry, but also offers fruit cup, raspberry apple, orange and lemon, available in regular or zero sugar versions. You can pop a 1L bottle of Cottee’s in your trolley for around $5.20. The fun doesn’t stop with cordial, however, and the brand also sells jam, ice cream toppings and instant pudding mix.

  • Cottee’s stirred up a victory with five stars for variety and range, packaging design, and overall satisfaction. It finished up with four stars for taste and value for money.

Top Cordial Brand – Diet Rite

Diet Rite is a great choice for those trying to avoid sugar, or keep an eye on their sugar intake. The brand claims to make its cordial with no added sugar, colours or flavours and 50% fruit juice, as well as vitamin C for good measure. Diet Rite has flavours like apple blackcurrant, apple strawberry, fruit cocktail and lime, all available in 1L bottles, as well as Diet Rite soft drink in grape, pine lime and lemonade. You can pick up a bottle of Diet Rite for about $3.50 at most major supermarkets and grocers.

  • Diet Rite scored a sweet win with five stars for value for money, packaging design, and overall satisfaction. It rated four stars taste and variety and range.

What is cordial?

Cordial is a type of flavoured syrup or concentrated tonic designed to be mixed with water before you drink it. It can also be added to soda to create a cordial soft drink or blended into cocktails and mocktails. Generally, one-part cordial is added to four parts water (or more), depending on how concentrated the product is. Many brands now also offer no added sugar and sugar-sweetened (rather than syrup) alternatives.


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Megan Birot: Home & Lifestyle Editor

Megan Birot Canstar Blue Home & Lifestyle Editor

Megan is Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Editor, leading the team that focuses on consumer products and services, ranging from supermarkets and groceries to home and personal appliances and retail stores. She interprets Canstar Blue’s bespoke research on the thousands of brands that we compare, rate and review, to help shoppers make better purchasing decisions.

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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

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Past ratings

Here is the previous winner from Canstar Blue’s cordial ratings:

  • 2022: Bickford’s


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