DIY Lime Cordial (Rose’s Lime Juice)

Roses Lime Juice Cordial
Roses Lime Juice Cordial

DIY Lime Cordial (Rose’s Lime Juice) Recipe

Rose's Lime Juice / Cordial was created in 1867 and was the world's first fruit concentrate. It was the accessible and necessary sweet fruit preserve of choice by sailors to take their daily dose of vitamin C to fight off scurvy. The Rose's brand isn't readily available in some countries, this DIY Lime Cordial recipe is an excellent substitute and a crucial ingredient in a Gimlet. The Gimlet was featured in Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930.
3.76 from 94 votes



  • 400 mL Simple Syrup
  • 17 g Citric Acid 30mL by volume
  • 8 g Lime Zest 45mL by volume
  • 45 mL Fresh Lime Juice


  • 250 g Water
  • 250 g Sugar
  • Makes 400mL


  • Add all the ingredients to your blender jug
  • Blend for 20-30 seconds
  • Fine strain and bottle
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  • Reply
    H.D. Stevens
    October 30, 2022 at 8:46 am

    5 stars
    When I do this again I will leave the blended mixture to cool (overnight?) And then strain. That way the maximum flavor can transfer into the end cordial.

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    January 15, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    How long is this good for? Store in refrigerator or on a shelf? Thank you!!

    • Reply
      Steve the Bartender
      May 24, 2023 at 3:43 pm

      Best to store in the fridge and I estimate it would keep for up to a month.

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