My friend Kim lives in Perth and I have been very fortunate to have been able to visit her to see where she lives. The first time I was there she drank lemon, lime and bitters, which I had never heard of before. I love the name of the drink but not having ever tasted it as it has sucrose, I had to use my imagination to create something at home. Traditionally this is a drink made with lemonade, lime cordial and Angostura bitters. I love bitters in my gin and tonics, and even just in plain soda water as a refreshing change to what I drink. Being on a cordial kick at present I decided to make a cordial using the ingredients as suggested by the name lemon, lime and bitters, rather than what the drink should be made of. The result was the most addictive cordial I have ever tasted. I mixed it into my water bottle at a ratio far higher than what I normally would do, and I could not get enough! It is sweet and tangy and very syrupy. I am looking forward to summer weather, and using this to flavour an ice cold G&T.
Lemon, Lime And Bitters
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- 1 lime, juice and zest
- fructose, weight to be determined by juice
- 10 dashes Angostura bitters, or more to taste
- Juice the lemon and lime into a measuring jug and make a note of the mls
- Place into a saucepan
- Weigh the fructose to be the same as the juice (i.e. if the juice measures 100mls you need 100g sugar)
- Add to the juice and place the saucepan on a high heat
- Stir to dissolve and then bring to the boil
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes
- Remove from the heat and add the zest
- Leave to cool
- Add the bitters and stir
- Place into a sterilized glass bottle
- Store in the fridge
- Strain into a glass with water or soda water, adding enough for your taste buds, I like mine strong
This makes a very syrupy cordial.
See this post on how I sterilize my glass jars.
What I blogged:
- one year ago – Blessed Are Those Who Thirst
- three years ago – Hake Curry
- four years ago – I Adore Adoro