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Lime Cordial for the cocktail hour

Rational thought flies out the window when the seasonal price of limes plummets. I can’t resist the bulging green net bags priced under $4 per kilo. My behaviour is irrational. How many dinners using fresh lime can I make?

I believe this mad compulsion harks back to a time not so long ago when limes in Australia were expensive when in season and impossible to find the remainder of the time. My love of the fresh zingy flavour in cakes, curds, beverages and Thai food make them impossible to resist.

My favourite method of preserving limes is to make cordial. Based on my Mum’s formula for lemon cordial, I’ve pimped and preened this lime version to preserve the vibrant colour and intensify the delicious flavour so now, when there isn’t a bottle in the fridge, my pre dinner drink options feel limited.

It’s lime season right now, the price has hit rock bottom and I’ve been buying limes in bulk. The lime cordial is ready to drink, the spirits cupboard is bursting with gin and I just found an amazing website with lime cordial cocktail recipes. I had better buy another bag of limes. http://www.absolutdrinks.com/en/drinks/with/lime-cordial/

Gimlet

3 parts Gin (I used local Monsoon Gin from Bass and Flinders Distillery)

2 parts lime cordial

A twist of lime

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all the ingredients. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a twist of lime.

Monsoon Gin from the Bass and Flinders distillery on the Mornington Peninsula has an interesting twist of ginger and lemongrass on the palate, just perfect with lime cordial!

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

23 comments on “Lime Cordial for the cocktail hour

  1. Pingback: When life gives you Lemons… | Gather and Graze

  2. Gather and Graze
    May 15, 2015

    Fantastic Sandra! I needed a great recipe for homemade lemon (and lime!) cordial – I’ll be making this for sure!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 15, 2015

      Enjoy the cordial Margot, the flavour is far far superior to any commercial cordial, plus, you know what in it. Enjoy…

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  3. richardmcgary
    May 14, 2015

    I love limes. Sadly, with the declining drug smuggling business in Mexico, the cartel found out a way to double the price of limes. 😮 Now, we get smaller limes for $0.79 per pound. 😦 We used to get the same limes 6 for $1.00. We use the zest and make limecello instead of limoncello. It’s great during the summer with cheap spumante. 🙂

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  4. cathyandchucky
    May 13, 2015

    A girl after my own heart! Yum!

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  5. Francesca
    May 13, 2015

    I am so pleased to hear that it’s lime time in Melbourne, giving me one good reason to return. Have become rather fond of Mojitos.

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  6. marymtf
    May 13, 2015

    I’m only a recent convert to limes. This sounds lovely.

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  7. MamaD1xx4xy
    May 12, 2015

    Looks fantastic. I love limes too, especially in a lovely drink!

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  8. cheergerm
    May 12, 2015

    I have been buying them in bulk too, some of mine will be now be allocated for this. I just adore that marvellous green colour.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 13, 2015

      You’ll love it in cocktails, the kids will love it just to gulp down when they have a raging thirst, it’s very refreshing and super deliciously zingy as only lime can be!

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  9. Baking With Gab
    May 12, 2015

    Oh when limes are cheap I pounce on them as well! I bet this is deliciously refreshing!

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  10. Lovely! I have an antique Roses Lime Cordial bottle that would be perfect for this. Do you know how difficult it is to grow limes? Can they be grown in pots? Thinking ahead for next year…

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 12, 2015

      I’m no gardener, but it seems logical that if oranges and cumquats do well in pots, limes will too! This is a delicious zingy lime cordial Debi

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  11. laurasmess
    May 12, 2015

    I am such a fan of lime cocktails, this looks just delicious! I haven’t heard of Monsoon gin but the combination of the lemongrass and ginger flavours sounds divine. Definitely need to try this xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 12, 2015

      Monsoon is a Melbourne local, a delicious mixer with lime. I.m sure you must have

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      • ladyredspecs
        May 12, 2015

        Sorry, trigger finger! Perth must have some good local distilleries too!

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  12. Leah
    May 12, 2015

    yum! sounds wonderfully refreshing xx

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