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Lime-Basil Cordial

An herb-infused syrup brightens up gimlets and more
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Step away from the bottle of pre-made stuff: it’s easy to make sweet-and-sour lime cordial at home. Add it to gin or vodka to make a Gimlet, or splash it into tequila to get a head start on the ultimate Margarita. Into mocktails? The cordial also dresses up non-alcoholic drinks like ginger beer or tonic water.

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Lime-Basil Cordial

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen for Crate and Barrel

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


9 limes

1½ cups granulated sugar

3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves


1. Zest the limes directly over a bowl, then cut the limes in half and juice them into a separate bowl (they should produce about 1/2 cup of lime juice).

2. Add the sugar to the bowl with the lime zest. Use a muddler to gently tamp down the lime zest, releasing the essential oils from the skin.

3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the lime juice, basil leaves and sugar-lime zest mixture. Stir continuously, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cover and store in the refrigerator for about 6 hours.

4. Strain and decant into a bottle or container with a tight-fitting cover. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator. The cordial keeps for up to 4 weeks.

Crate and Barrel provided the product featured here and sponsored this post.

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