How to make Kaffir Lime Leaf Syrup, a simple syrup infused with fresh Kaffir Lime leaves that add a bright citrus note to cocktails.
Kaffir lime leaves are a quintessential ingredient in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines. The aromatic leaf is often used to flavour dishes and impart a bright and fresh citrus note than other limes don’t have.
Kaffir limes are markedly different from regular limes. Their skin is bumpy and the flesh is very bitter. The leaves are double shaped as can be seen above which means each stem has two leaves attached. Much like herb-infused syrups from an edible garden, this flavoured syrup is a versatile modifier in a variety of cocktails from the Gimlet to the Mojito.
Kaffir Lime Leaf Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 6 double kaffir lime leaves
Equipment: small saucepan, fine strainer, swing top glass bottle
In a small saucepan, add water, white sugar and kaffir lime leaves and slowly bring to the boil. Remove it from the heat and leave to cool and infuse for approximately 4 hours. Strain into a swing top glass bottle and store in the fridge until ready to use. The infused syrup will keep fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days.