Cucumber and lime cordial

Cucumber and lime cordial

By
From
Spring
Makes
750 ml
Photographer
Andy Sewell

Clean, clear and soothing in flavour, this cordial is beautiful on a hot summer’s day. It has a wonderfully invigorating and refreshing quality. Like the cordials that follow, it is best served as an apéritif, rather than with the meal. It can also form the base for a delicious Prosecco cocktail.

I think the balance is just about right with the quantity of lime suggested here, but you can add a little more, or use less as you prefer. And if you have lemon verbena in your garden, add a few leaves to the sugar syrup. Look for cucumbers that are firm and heavy for their size, without any bruises or blemishes.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g golden caster sugar
500ml water
4 small cucumbers, (or 1 large one)
3 limes, juiced

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
crushed ice
5-6 mint sprigs

Method

  1. Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the sugar and water into a heavy-based pan and place over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring once or twice to help dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar syrup has come to the boil, turn down the heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Rinse the cucumbers, pat dry and place in a blender or food processor. Blitz until smooth, then pass through a sieve into a bowl, pressing down on the cucumber flesh in the sieve as you do so to extract as much juice as possible.
  3. Stir in half of the cooled sugar syrup, then taste and add a little more if you think it needs it. Add the lime juice and stir really well to combine.
  4. Put plenty of crushed ice into a jug and pour on the cordial until the jug is three-quarters full. Top up with water and stir well. Add the mint sprigs and let the cordial sit for a minute or two to allow the flavours to mingle, then serve.
Tags:
Skye Gyngell
seasonal
Spring
London
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