Kaffir lime syrup

Kaffir lime syrup

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From
The Cocktail Garden
Makes
500 ml
Photographer
Adriana Picker

This syrup mixes the zest of small, bumpy kaffir limes with the flesh of regular limes. (If kaffir limes are unavailable, you can use regular limes for both elements, although it won’t have that unique kaffir lime flavour, which mixes lime, lemon, mandarin and lemongrass. And you usually can’t use kaffir limes for their juice as their flesh is dry.) The syrup is a delicious addition to cocktails, and also great for non-drinkers — for the ultimate lime soda, combine 1 part syrup with 4 parts soda water (club soda), plus a squeeze of fresh lime and a sprig of mint.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
grated zest of 10 kaffir limes
500g limes, peel cut off, flesh finely chopped
500g caster (superfine) sugar

Method

  1. Combine the kaffir lime zest and lime flesh with the sugar in a zip-lock bag, jiggling them around in the bag until well mixed. Press out as much air from the bag as you can, then seal it. Let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours, gently pressing from time to time and shuffling the ingredients to help dissolve the sugar. Strain the syrup through a fine-meshed sieve, discarding the solids. The syrup can be stored in a jar or bottle in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
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