Homemade Lime Cordial Recipe

Why throw juiced limes away when you can use them to make a cordial that’ll take your Gimlet game to the next level? With this easy-to-make lime cordial recipe, you’ll get a chance to also boost your reduce, reuse and recycle habits (see our guide on how to create a sustainable home bar).

What you need

  • 3 Limes 
  • 355ml Hot water
  • 150g Granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Citric acid


The “traditional”, slow and low method:

  1. Peel the three limes and cut the peel into pieces. Set to one side.

  2. Juice the three limes and set to one side.

  3. Put the sugar in a bowl and stir in the citric acid.

  4. Put the water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  5. Remove from heat. Add the lime juice and peel. Stir. Simmer for 2 minutes.

  6. Remove from heat, cover, and rest the mix until cool. This should be at least one hour.

  7. Pour into a container, seal and refrigerate overnight.

  8. Strain the mix using a fine-mesh strainer.

  9. Pour into a clean bottle, close the lid and refrigerate overnight.

The “I need this yesterday”, fast method:

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender.

  2. Blend for 30-40 seconds.

  3. Strain (the finer your strainer, the better).

  4. Bottle and refrigerate.


  • Posted by Andrew on

    The fast method worked out far better than expected. You’ve now got me interested in using my cordial in a gimlet. What do you recommend?

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