Thursday, 19 July 2018

Home-Made Lime And Ginger Cordial

It may seem like an odd time of year (i.e. deepest Winter) to make lime cordial, but we love it all year round.  And how lucky are we to have friends with a lime tree that has been fruiting abundantly of late?!  Yes, very!  Organic of course - probably 'cos they don't have the time or inclination to do anything to it, anyway:=)  I have posted a similar cordial before, but this is the Winter version with the added ginger to stave off colds and 'flu.  

getting ready to juice those luscious limes

Makes about 1 Litre (4 cups) of cordial:


500 mLs (2 cups) cold water

420g. (2 cups) white sugar

50-60g. of glacé ginger, chopped or about a 5cm. piece of fresh ginger root, chopped or coarsely grated 

500 mLs (2 cups) lime juice - you will need 8-10 limes 

and the zest of 2-3 of them


Place the water and sugar in a medium saucepan

Keep stirring it over a medium-low heat till the sugar is dissolved

Stop stirring!  And now bring it to the boil

Once it's boiling, add the ginger

Turn it down and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes - don't stir at this point!  It should be looking slightly thick and syrupy

Take it off the heat and allow it to cool completely

Strain off the ginger, add the lime juice and zest

Chill it in the fridge

Use as a cordial with sparkling water


Use the glacé ginger AND some fresh ginger for extra zing, or just heaps of the fresh stuff

this is the ginger I used for the cordial  (not an ad.)

I'm not sure what you call it really.  It's not sticky on the outside like glacé ginger, and it's very firm on the inside.  Delicious anyway.

sunny ingredients gathered

fascinating shot of water boiling:=)

another fascinating shot of syrup being strained 

adding the juice and zest

This is where I should have an enticing shot of this refreshing cordial in a glass with a straw and an umbrella - but I don't :=)  So just picture it in your heads, my friends.  

  limey artwork by sherryspickings


  1. Yum! I'm totally addicted to that ginger atm. What a great idea! =)

    1. hi jen
      it's very moreish that ginger, isn't it? cheers sherry

  2. We love making limeade in a similar way but I have never tried it with ginger - I like the idea of adding it in winter. And I am jealous of your friend with the blooming lime tree - ours is looking a bit sad

    1. hi johanna
      i think their lime tree is fading now tho our neighbour has a lemon tree which is in full fruit so we are extra lucky! cheers sherry

  3. This was a superb cordial, and very restorative. Highly recommended. Mrs Pickings makes great things!

  4. I like the sound of this and adding lime to the ginger cordial. I'm glad that we are past the halfway point of winter.

    1. we've even had some cold weather up here lorraine. amazing!

  5. Well, from where I live, I think anyplace with outdoor citrus trees can't be having a real winter! Our limes all come from far, far away.

    Ginger and lime is a very tempting combination, and I see why it would be as good in winter as in summer. I have a feeling that ginger is especially popular in Australia, moreso than here in the US. I remember seeing lots of ginger candy there. Enjoy!

    best... mae at

    1. hi Mae,
      yep you probably wouldn't think our winter was cold at all! ginger is pretty popular here in australia. i believe our ginger factory which is about an hour and a half from here supplies about 60% of the world's ginger! cheers sherry

  6. Lucky indeed! Limes just picked from a tree. Wonderful.

    1. yep so lucky. and our neighbour has a wonderful lemon tree full of lemons this winter. so nice to have fresh ones straight from the tree. cheers S

  7. Hi Sherry, this looks utterly delicious! Oh, my! I love all the flavors in it -- a real sucker for ginger and citrus. This may well be on my summer menu!

    Thanks for coming by The Marmelade Gypsy. You asked how/why I spell it with an "e" instead of an "a" and then did some homework and came up with the European marmalade. Well, I wish I'd been that clever! But alas, it was a typo! The blog was named for my orange (marmalade) cat, Gypsy, but when I typed it in and named the blog, I spelled it incorrectly! Well, it was more of a hassle to change it than to be unique. But now if anyone asks me, I wonder what I might say!

    1. hi jeanie
      thanks for dropping by. so now you can say you have a French-named blog:) cheers sherry


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