From the Sub-Lime to the Ridiculous

Lime Display

My lime tree is pickled in limes; all over. What to do with all these limes? My lime-loving friend always takes a bag or two and she freezes the juice for use in Thai inspired dishes. She also quarters them and freezes for use in vodka and tonic! I froze lime juice two years ago and guess what? It’s still in the freezer! I now tend to make lime cordial and I’ve just given it a new lease of life after becoming the proud owner of a Soda Stream! How 80s is that! I have fond memories of the Soda Stream of my childhood; it was bright orange and we made drinks individually in glass bottles adding whatever syrup we liked. The latest soda stream has just one bottle (you can buy more) which you fill with water and chill and then add the fizz and syrup. I’m going to try it with my Homemade Lime cordial.

Lime Prep

This is how I make my oh-so-easy Lime Cordial. You will need :

6-8 large limes
650g sugar
4 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon citric acid (optional)

Finely grate the lime rind making sure you don’t include any of the pith.

Cut and rind

Squeeze the juice from the limes and set aside.

Juiced Limes

Combine the lime rind, sugar, citric acid (if using) and boiling water and mix well to dissolve the sugar. Add the reserved lime juice and mix through. Leave to stand until the mixture is cool. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or piece of muslin.

Lime Drink

Pour into sterilized bottles and seal. See my post on sterilizing jars if you need advice on this. Serve one part lime syrup to about 4 parts (or to taste) of chilled water, lemonade or soda water.

Lime Close up

Delicious and great for keeping the bugs at bay (and scurvy too I suppose!)


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