On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats an icy cold glass of lime cordial. Ironically, the best time to make lime cordial is in autumn or winter when limes are in season. Fortunately, with its high sugar and acid content, lime cordial can be kept for at least six months, if stored in a sterilised bottle or jar — but only if it lasts that long.
This recipe for homemade lime cordial is adapted from the recipe for lemon cordial in Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion (1996). Depending on the sourness of your limes, you may wish to adjust the amount of citric acid used.
- 2kg white sugar
- 1 litre water
- 1½ tablespoons citric acid
- 1½ tablespoons cream of tartar
- 250 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- finely grated zest of two limes
- Heat sugar and water in a large saucepan until sugar is dissolved.
- Whisk in citric and cream of tartar.
- Allow to cool.
- Stir in zest and juice and pour into sterilised bottles. Seal.
- Dilute to taste with water, lemonade, soda water or mineral water.