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Mar 24, 2008 10:29 PM

Want to make my own lime cordial (Rose's Lime Juice)

I'm gradually eliminating all products with high fructose corn syrup from my diet. This month, it's time to stop buying Rose's Lime Juice. So, no more classic vodka gimlets for me!

Does anyone have a recipe for a replacement?


P.S. I found this recipe on wikipedia, but I'm not sure I want to buy a supply of citric acid and tartaric acid just for the occasional cocktail.

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  1. This sounds pretty good. Citric acid and tartaric acid aren't hard to find. (I think you could use cream of tartar). Also, I would make a half or 1/3 recipe of this at the most b/c it will be quite a bit as is. Let us know what happens.

    1. Anne, my favorite bar makes a gimlet with fresh lime juice and simple syrup. I'd say, just squeeze a few limes. Separately, make a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, cooked down). You could either mix that to taste or keep them separate and mix them right as you're making your gimlet. That's about as real as it gets! Enjoy!

      1. I'd give the recipe from katecm a try. I recently made my own grenadine since I abhor using HFCS and the Rose's has it as the #1 ingredient. I used the cold method which basically means shaking equal parts POM pomegranate juice and sugar in a jar and then adding two more tablespoons of sugar and shaking again. It turned out great and I'd think you could try something similar with lime juice.

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        1. re: ExercisetoEat

          That sounds great! I might try that to make the husband's Manhattans more special.

          One more thing - I had a margarita this week that had part of an egg white shaken in. In a gimlet, this might make it frothy and fun if you're feeling adventurous!

          1. re: katecm

            Have you ever had a Pisco Sour? Love those - in part, b/c of the egg white ...

        2. To follow up - I've tried the lime-juice-and-sugar-syrup approach, and it's just not the same. It's good for what it is, but it doesn't have that "je ne sais quoi" of Rose's Lime Juice. (Mais je sais exactement ce que c'est - it's that citric and tartaric acid!) I think I'll have to bite the bullet and try the wikipedia recipe.

          So *where* does one buy citric acid and tartaric acid? I don't recall seeing them at my local grocery store, but perhaps I haven't looked on the right shelf.


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          1. re: AnneInMpls

            I think you can find citric acid at Asian grocery stores. I don't know where to find tartaric acid. Have you experimented with thicker natural sweetners like agave sugar, palm sugar, or sugar in the raw? Since corn syrup is something like seven times sweeter than sugar I would think that part of what is missing from a mix of lime juice and simple syrup is that candy-like mouthfeel coating of sweetness.

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              any natural foods store that sells spices in bulk should have citric acid and probably tartaric acid. that way you can just buy the amount you need.

              1. re: AnneInMpls

                Citric Acid is found in the canning supplies section in stores like Walmart, Food City, etc. Tartaric acid is simply Cream of Tartar which you will find on any spice aisle in all grocery stores. You need NOT shop at the expensive store.

                1. re: AnneInMpls

                  Both can be found at online and brick-and-mortar homebrew shops. Most b-and-m ones sell in small quantities. Bakers, brewers, cheesemakers and others use citric acid.

                  1. re: travelerjjm

                    Yup - I found my supply of tartaric acid and citric acid at a brewer supply store five years ago. A small bottle of each will last me for many decades!

                2. What about combining fresh lime juice with agave juice?