Sugar Free Lime Cordial


This is cordial I adapted from a recipe in VEGETARIAN LIVING magazine called ‘madeleines home-made lemonade cordial’. I made and loved the original recipe, but was put off making is again due to the amount of sugar involved. I also found myself one day with tonnes of limes, something that doesn’t happen very often, so felt I should take advantage.

I added the arrowroot when I first made this recipe just to thicken the cordial as you don’t get the syrup consistency without all that sugar, but it isn’t really necessary. The result was very refreshing and not too sweet which I liked, and will store well in the fridge for a week or so.



500ml water

2 tbsp powdered debittered stevia

2 tsp arrowroot mixed with 2 Tbsp water

300ml fresh lime juice (approx. 10-15 limes, depending on their size of course)

Grated zest of 5 limes


Place the water and stevia in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and whisk in the arrowroot mixture.  Simmer for about 10 minutes until liquid has thickened slightly. Whisk in the fresh juice and zest and leave to cool.  Transfer to a jug and place in fridge overnight.

Strain out the zest and store the cordial in sterilised bottles or jars in the fridge, and use as a normal cordial, approximately 1 part cordial to 5 parts water.


Yields 500ml of cordial


  1. Bill says

    500ml of water + 300ml of lime juice would give approx 800ml of Cordial, not 500ml


    • Hi Bill, it’s just approximate. When simmering the mixture for 10 minutes some of the water will evaporate so your total volume will be less than 800ml. X


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