Lime Cordial



  • 1 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Skin of 5 Limes
  • 1 Tbsp. Coriander seeds
  • 24 green Cardamom pods
  • 1½ tsp. Citric Acid

  • Place the lime skins into a clean jar and muddle to express the lime oil. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to dissolve the sugar. Allow to sit on the counter for 24-hours, swirling occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 8 weeks. Yield: 2½ cups.

This is just the ticket if you’re looking to “freshen-up” your classic Gimlet. Use this cordial in place of Rose’s Lime Juice and create your own delightful homemade (or scratch) gimlet. In the States, we usually think of cordials as sweet alcoholic tipples. We’re going with the English definition, here, calling this sweet, preserved, alcohol-free syrup a cordial. This recipe was shared with us by Jens Holmgren – Sweden’s Cocktail Superhero – though it is not original to him. For other gimlet options, check out Jens’ Grapefruit Cordial recipe/video and the Grapefruit Gimlet (Grimlet) made with it. Cheers!


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