Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lime Cordial

When Mr. O-P came home with a bag of a dozen large limes, I just looked at him. Not that I don't appreciate limes in mass quantities, but the previous day he had come home with twice as many key limes. That is a lot of limes! Yes, the queen of salsa (cf. this blog post) does use a heck of a lot of fresh lime juice in salsa and guacamole, but, really, a dozen more?

So, I hopped onto the Internet in search of something unique to try, and I found it, and boy is it easy. It is also refreshing and delicious, and positively addicting. As you might imagine, it makes a great accompaniment to chips and salsa, and is not bad at all with a shot of tequila. In fact, added to a pitcher of freshly brewed iced tea it makes a great summer refresher.
Lime Cordial

Lime cordial is a mixture of sweet limeade syrup and beer, club soda, or seltzer, in a ratio of about 3 parts syrup to 1 part beer or soda (the syrup by itself can also be properly called lime cordial). The wonderfully refreshing drink both complements and tames intense spices.

6-1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup strained fresh lime juice (from 8 large limes)
Beer, club soda or seltzer

Heat water and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, then cool to room temperature.

Stir in lime juice and chill, covered, until cold, about 3 1/2 hours.

Pour about 3/4 cup lime cordial in a tall glass filled with ice and top off with beer or club soda.
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Linda said...

I've never heard of this, but oh my. Wonder if it would work in a margarita, or with some vodka, but it sounds delish with just club soda!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

This looks like the quintessential summer drink Patie, and pretty easy to make also. It looks beautiful too!