The lovely Vanessa was down to visit for the weekend and, kindly, brought my birthday present with her, part of which was a fascinating looking book called The Spirits by Richard Godwin, ‘A guide to modern cocktails’. Flicking through the book I looked up the cocktail The Gimlet as it is a particular favourite of mine. In the description of the cocktail the author gives a recipe and instructions for making you own lime cordial. So I thought I’d give it a go! It’s easy to do and surprisingly effective. (And, needless to say, I did make myself a gimlet with it afterwards!)
Zest and juice of 4 limes
200g of golden caster sugar
100ml of water
1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
2-3 green cardamom pods (optional)
1 teaspoon of lemon salt
Place the lime zest, water, coriander seeds and cardamom pods in a saucepan. Heat slowly until it starts to boil.
When it bubbles remove it from the heat and add the sugar, stirring until it is fully dissolved.
Strain into a non-metallic bowl. Add a teaspoon of the lemon salt and stir until dissolved.
Finally add the juice of four limes and stir well. Viola! Lime cordial!