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Lime Cordial

Makes:about 10 cups syrup
  • Active Time:10 min
  • Start to Finish:3 3/4 hr (includes chilling)
May 2006
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 (not dark) or 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.
Cooks’ note: Lime cordial, without beer or club soda, keeps, covered and chilled, 5 days.
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