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Lime Cordial


Use Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice for a DIY Lime Cordial

Use Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice for a DIY Lime Cordial

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Lime cordial is a non-alcoholic substitute for lime juice that is sweeter and similar to a syrup, but not quite. This recipe is closer to a bottled lime cordial such as Rose's, which is essential for a Gimlet cocktail. You can find citric acid in many grocery stores and tataric acid online or at home brew and wine suppliers. This cordial can be used for a slightly sweeter cocktail that requires lime juice or stand on its own over ice with club soda or ginger ale for a refreshing, non-alcoholic sipper.

Makes about 3 cups. Keep refrigerated.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp citric acid
  • 1/2 tsp tartaric acid
  • Juice of 5 limes
  • Rind of 3 limes cut into pieces


  1. Stir acids and sugar together.
  2. Separately, bring water to a boil then add the sugar mixture.
  3. Stir constantly until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and add lime juice and rind and stir mixture well.
  5. Turn the heat back on and allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, cover and allow to cool.
  7. Place the mix into a well-sealed container and refrigerate over night.
  8. Strain the lime rinds and pour into an empty, clean bottle with tight-fitting lid.
  9. Place back in the refrigerator and allow to sit for another day before using.

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