Lime cordial

Lime cordial

By
From
Spring
Makes
1 litre
Photographer
Andy Sewell

I grew up on lime cordial – we always had a bottle in our pantry at home – we drank it really cold over lots of ice with a splash or two of bitters and soda water. It was the closest thing we ever came to drinking fizzy drinks at home. My mother still makes a large jug of it whenever I visit. I now make my own lime cordial – I prefer it – it is sharper, cleaner, fresher and tastes more truly of the fruit. It works beautifully with a drop or two of bitters.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
10 limes
1 litre water
450g golden caster sugar
2 teaspoons citric acid
crushed ice, to serve

Method

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, finely pare the zest from the limes. Now squeeze the juice, strain and set aside.
  2. Put the water and lime zest into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the sugar and citric acid, stir well to combine and continue to boil for 3 minutes. Add the lime juice and heat for another 2 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Strain the cordial into sterilised jars, discarding the lime zest. Place in the fridge for 24 hours or so. I find it tastes better if allowed to sit for a day or so before using.
  4. Put plenty of crushed ice into a jug and pour on the cordial until the jug is about three-quarters full. Top up with water to taste and stir well, then serve.
Tags:
Skye Gyngell
seasonal
Spring
London
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