One of the best things about citrus fruits is that you can use them all year round. While lemon is a big favorite for cocktails, mocktails and cordials, lime is often underrated.
However, lime and even lime blossom is packed with vitamin C that’s not just great for your taste buds but also the rest of your body.
Here are our 28 best lime cordial recipes that are super simple to make at home.
This classic lime cordial is made with freshly squeezed lime juice, lime zest and some lemongrass. Add some castor sugar and you created yourself a refreshing drink that’s a must-have at every pool or garden party.
Raspberry is just such a nice summer fruit that combines well with almost all other fruit, including lime. The benefit with this fruity lime cordial is that you can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
This lime cordial is a little bit thicker than the classic cordial which makes it ideal for adding to cocktails as a lime syrup.
The sharp citrus notes make a great contrast to the warming ginger flavor. Plus, ginger is a great source of vitamin C, so you can also drink that to help a sore throat during flu season.
Adding a few botanicals to your cordial creates an interesting flavor twist, especially with basil.
This basil and lime cordial allows the full flavor of lime to come out, with just a hint of the herb. It’s a light cordial that can also be turned into a cocktail with vodka, gin or tequila.
You couldn’t make a lime cordial any easier. Just blend castor sugar, a cucumber and freshly squeezed lime, and you have your next quick summer drink.
Herb-infused drinks are getting ever more popular because they taste great and they boost your immune system. This thyme and lime cordial is a delicious herb-infused syrup with freshly squeezed lime and a sprig of thyme.
Lime and lemon are simply a match made in heaven. If you can’t get enough of citrus fruits, then the blend of lime ring, lemon juice, lemon rind and lime juice is just the right drink.
The good amount of sugar in this cordial balances the sour citrus taste with some sweetness.
This classic lime cordial cocktail is made with freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar, lemonade, tequila, two types of rum and peach schnapps.
While this alcoholic recipe isn’t suitable for children, it’s a great option to serve at a dinner party.
Adding mango to this lime and mango cordial creates so much more natural sweetness. While the recipe asks for some sugar, you can always use super sweet mango and cut down a bit on the sugars.
Passionfruit is a surprisingly underrated fruit when it comes to drinks. But you can whisk together a delicious cordial with crushed ice, sugar and fresh lime juice.
For a little extra pop, you can add club soda or sparkling water.
Homemade cordial is one of the best ways to use up any of your leftover citrus peel or overripe fruit.
So, if you have any strawberries and some lime that needs to go, then you can quickly blend this tasty strawberry cordial with lime.
While this cordial recipe doesn’t use lime fruit but lime blossom from the linden tree, it’s a delicious drink that contains lots of healthy herbs.
You can also add some lime juice to add some citrus zest.
Water, sugar and the juice of some lime are the three key ingredients of this cordial recipe. You just create a syrup with the water and sugar, add your lime juice and then bottle your cordial.
14. Green Iguana
Mix your lime cordial with some vodka, rum and curacao to create this bright green and blue cocktail. It’s ideal to serve as a party drink to bring a little more color to your event.
Mint adds some freshness to tea, cocktails, cordials and even savory dishes. This is what makes this lime cordial so special.
The refreshing taste of the mint pairs well with the sharpness of lime and the sweet sugar.
Bitters are very useful when you suffer from indigestion, so this cordial can be a perfect treat after a big meal.
Throw in any of your favorite berries for this cordial, and then blend it with soda water, lemon juice and some freshly squeezed lime.
Tequila always reminds you of summer, beaches and warm sand. The lime and tequila in this cordial balance each other so well in taste.
While traditional cordial isn’t alcoholic, it’s a delicious mix that’s ideal for when you want to use up any lime juice or lime cordial in the fridge.
Lime cordial can be so versatile. Once you have the basic ingredients, you can whisk in anything you like. Here are three different lime cordial combinations for inspiration.
20. Lime Gimlet
This is a classic cocktail recipe that uses lime cordial as the main ingredient. Together with gin, a lime gimlet is super easy to make because it has just these two ingredients.
Homemade blackcurrant cordial is not just super refreshing but you can use the natural sweetness of the blackcurrant to cut down on the sugar content in your cordial.
Add some lemon or lime juice to this recipe for a little more depth.
Combining lime, pineapple and mango means you are creating a truly tropical drink that works so well by the pool side. You can even add in some tequila, gin or rum to give this mocktail an alcoholic twist.
Similar to blackcurrant, blackberries have a lot of natural sweetness that is ideal for cutting down on sugar. With the tartness of lime, you can enjoy this cordial ice-cold or just put it into the microwave to warm up.
24. Lime Rickey
A lime rickey is simply a blend of simple syrup, lime juice and some seltzer. It’s quick and easy. Plus, there is no alcohol in it, so it’s a safe lime cordial for kids.
Another herbal cordial, this recipe uses the traditional combination of lemon and lime as a base with the subtle notes of elderflower.
It’s ideal for hot summer days, and you can even enjoy it as a syrup as well as on cakes or ice cream.
26. Key Lime Cordial
Key lime is a traditional recipe that you can easily make at home. Just use some fresh key limes, cane sugar and a few other basic ingredients.
It’s important to use fresh limes as you want your cordial to be as tasty as possible.
Pomegranate is a perfect summer fruit with its beautifully vibrant color. You can use it for a range of drinks, including a delicious pomegranate cordial mixed with some lime.
A little bitter of warming ginger, tropical pineapple and tart lime make this cordial a fantastic source of vitamin C. The ginger turns it into a spicy mix that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can You Do With Lime Cordial?
Lime cordial is the sweet alternative to lime juice, so you can drink it on its own or mix it with alcohol or other drinks. You can also add some crushed ice to it to create a frozen lime cordial.
What Is The Difference Between Lime Juice And Lime Cordial?
Lime cordial contains a large amount of lime juice and sugar. This makes it more bitter and sour than a classic lime syrup.
Lime juice is typically just the juice of freshly squeezed lime with some water. You can use both lime juice and lime cordial in a variety of cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and syrups.
How Long Does Homemade Lime Cordial Last?
Depending on the lime recipe you use, your homemade lime cordial can last for up to a month in the fridge or a cool pantry.
However, it’s important that you sterilize the cordial bottle, so there are no bacteria encouraging the fermentation of your lime drink.
Can You Freeze Lime Cordial?
Yes, you can freeze lime cordial. Saying this, it’s best to freeze your lime cordial in an ice cube tray, so you can store it easier in your freezer. Frozen lime cordial can last for up to 4 months.
Lime cordial is a refreshing drink in summer but you can also warm it up and add some herbs for a special boosting winter drink.