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Recipe: Lime Cordial


Recipe: Lime Cordial
Dave Scantland
This cordial is similar to Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice, but much better (it makes a delicious gimlet). The kaffir lime leaves and demerara sugar add a complexity that the commercial product lacks. You should be able to find the lime leaves and amchoor powder online or at Asian markets; the kaffir lime rind is harder to find but can be omitted if necessary. The small amount of gin brings out the flavors in the cordial and also lengthens its shelf life, but you can leave it out if you want a completely non-alcoholic cordial. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a month.

Yield: About 2 cups


  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup demerara or turbinado sugar
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • Rind of one kaffir lime (dried or fresh)
  • Zest of one Persian (regular) lime
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder (amchoor)
  • 5 ounces of fresh lime juice, divided


1. In a medium saucepan, dissolve the two sugars in the gin and water. Place over medium heat and add the leaves, rind, zest, salt, mango powder, and 2 ounces of the lime juice. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes and remove from the heat.

2. Add the remaining 3 ounces of lime juice and let cool. Strain through a very fine strainer or cheesecloth. Keep refrigerated.

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