Backyard eatings: kaffir lime and cucumber syrup


I love kaffir lime. The scent of the leaves has to be one of my top 5 favourite smells, and I frequently find myself wandering into the backyard for a whiff.

I’m also quite fond of gin. For my birthday I was given a bottle of Hendricks, which has such a delicate, floral flavour I hate to overpower it with supermarket tonic. In the past I’ve made my own tonic, but I’ve run out of cinchona bark and can’t source it in Melbourne, so it was time to try something different.

Kaffir lime and cucumber syrup

2 cup sugar

2 cup water

rind of 2-3 kaffir limes

good handful of kaffir lime leaves, crushed

2 grated lebanese cucumbers

1tsp citric acid

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Let it boil for a minute or so, then turn off the heat and chuck in all the other ingredients. Stir, and leave to cool. Strain into a bottle. Mix with gin, soda, ice and a good squeeze of fresh lime. And a little muddled mint, if you’re feeling fancy.