One thing I drink a lot of is juices and squashes. Due to hypothyroidism I get very thirsty and liking thirst quenching sounding drinks I opted to buy and try this one out. It wasn't as cheap as my usual stuff that I buy, I tend to go for the very cheap ones as I got through them so fast and this cost me around £2.00 in my local Sainsbury's store.
This comes in a see through plastic bottle with a kind of leafy looking pattern etched into it and it has a two toned green coloured label that goes around it and on that we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it was established in 1867 and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of that other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients used, there is a full nutritional chart given as well as another at a glance listing, the size is given which is 1L and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. Its a nice looking, high quality looking product this one and it has a light gold coloured screw on/off lid/cap to the top of it.
The cordial itself is still (no bubbles or anything in it) and its a bright green colour. To use it you need to dilute some of it in water, however usually I mix a bit with soda water or fizzy water, my mum likes this with lemonade, so versatile it is. It is quite a strong cordial this one so although no measurements are given as to using it I find that I only need a dash of it to make a lime tasting drink up.
It has a very concentrated fragrance of really sour and zesty limes this one however when mixed with other liquid it simply tastes of limes that are not faked and that are rather natural tasting, it isn't a sweet drink this though and actually verges on sour and it really does tickle and refresh those tastebuds!
I really like this though it is high on calories with a whopping 53 calories though no fat or saturated fat is in it per 250ml serving which is a lot more calories from a drink than I am used to so I only have this occasionally when I need a zesty fix that livens my mouth up a bit!
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When it comes to soft drinks I have to admit that there are not many that appeal to me. Squashes in all their various permutations I would generally rather leave than take. That's no reflection on the products, I suspect - I'm not especially fond of sweet drinks and, on the whole, I'd prefer a glass of water when I'm thirsty. I know, I'm strange like that! The only real exception is Rose's Lime Juice Cordial. We do have other drinks in the house, I must admit, but they are for the other family members.
It could be the familiarity of this drink's taste that makes it a must have for me; after all, it's been around for a very long time, older even than me! If that were the case then I'd probably be equally fond of drinks like Robinson's Barley Waters, but I'm not. It must be down to other factors, then.
I bought my bottle from my local Tesco store and I reckon I paid around £2 just before Christmas - maybe slightly less. It's offered for online shopping at £1.99 as of today's date [30/1/2013]
=== Cordial v Squash===
I'd never really thought much about the difference between these two drink products until now, even though I've made elderflower cordial in the past. After all, you dilute them both, don't you? Unfortunately the more I researched these, the less clarity I found. One view was that cordials were generally less sweet, being made from fruit syrup that you diluted, whereas squashes might be made from fruit juice - from squashed fruit, of course - that was sweetened and then diluted. See what I mean? A slightly cynical view was that posh shops or labels used the term 'cordial' whereas 'squash' was more suitable for 'ordinary people'. One website suggested that cordials were usually alcoholic - except in the UK! But maybe this is a clue: it may have started life as alcoholic syrup. It seems that British sailors in the mid 19th Century were give lime juice with rum to combat scurvy. Lauchlan Rose, who is credited with inventing this cordial, found a way to preserve the lime juice that dispensed with the need for alcohol. It was probably much more cost effective, but I can imagine he wasn't very popular with the sailors! Progress often has a price!
===A Sturdy Bottle===
Well it used to come in one, not so very long ago; quite a substantial glass bottle at that, but no more. Nowadays Roses Lime Juice Cordial comes in a sturdy enough plastic one. There is an embossed leaf patterning on the top part of the bottle that is much in keeping with the original bottle as I recall it. I feel this does make it stand out on the shop shelf. It's a 1 litre bottle and I don't think I've ever seen it offered in different sizes. The largest print on the dark green label is reserved for the name 'Rose's'. Above this I see that the company are suppliers to Her Majesty the Queen. Beneath the brand name is an illustration of a lime sprig, if that's the right word, complete with leaves, fruit and flowers. The company was established in 1867 and this is 'the original' lime juice cordial.
===The Juicy Bits===
Also on the front of the label is nutritional information. A 250ml diluted serving contains 53 calories with 12.3g sugar [which is 14% RDA, rather scarily!] The only product I have at hand with which to make a fair comparison is Morrison's Pink Grapefruit Squash , with values of 5 calories and 0.7g sugar[0.8% RDA] I find this really surprising and a bit of a shock, as I genuinely thought this lime cordial was a healthier option. These values, though, are based on a suggested dilution rate of 4 parts of water to one of cordial. I believe I dilute mine by at least 6:1. Children should have proportionately more water added.
The reverse of the label provides further information. There's a brief retelling of the Lauchlan Rose story. The serving suggestions given are simply to serve with still or sparkling water. Lime and lemonade is an occasional favourite of mine. I don't drink much alcohol, but I'm sure you can think of other possibilities if you like a tipple. Nutritional values are given per 100ml diluted. It seems that, before dilution, 25% of the product is juice. Ingredients start with water, then lime juice [from concentrate], sugar, citric acid, flavourings, preservatives, colours. No claims are made about health benefits such as vitamin C levels, so I guess this modern incarnation wouldn't' help much with scurvy! Storage instructions indicate that the bottle should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. You are supposed to consume within 3-4 weeks after opening, something I confess I have never done and have noticed no ill effects. You shouldn't reuse the packaging, apparently - what do they mean by that? You can recycle the bottle. Almost the last piece of information on the label is that this is manufactured in GB under the authority of Atlantic Industries for Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd, Uxbridge. There is a Freephone Customer Careline number given.
===A Long, Cool Drink===
Those nutritional details have really made me think! I just checked my favourite size of drinking glass and found they hold about 280ml. I barely cover the base with the cordial and top up with cold water. The resulting drink is only very lightly coloured. Sometimes I can see the cordial swirling around in the water until it mixes in. For me it's not the kind of drink I consume quickly. I prefer to sip it steadily, particularly on a hot, summer's day. The sharpness of the lime juice comes through quite quickly, although I wouldn't say it was bitter. I suppose that's where the sugar comes in! I do really like the taste and I find it refreshing, whatever the weather, time of year etc.
I've read earlier reviews of this product. Some suggested that this is an 'adults only' drink. I don't see why this should be, especially if well-diluted. It's true that children may find the taste somewhat sharp, but that doesn't mean they would necessarily dislike it. Surely exposure to as wide a range of flavours as possible will be beneficial in many ways. Others call this product a summer drink. While I think its refreshing qualities are really valuable in hot weather, this is a drink I am happy to consume at any time of year. The sugar content did surprise me, as you can probably tell. If I drank this several times a day I would be having a rethink, but in truth I probably never have more than two glasses a day. It's something I shall keep an eye on, though. Because I dilute it far more than suggested I find it goes a long way. Overall I think the taste is great and I haven't found a comparable product. On one occasion I couldn't find Rose's and bought Tesco's squash instead. I may review that sometime! No, it's Rose's for me and I have to give it 5 stars, even if it is sweeter than I thought. It's up to me to use it wisely.
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I have had to pour fluids into myself over the last six weeks of illness and this cordial has been quite possibly a life-saver. I have still got almost no sense of smell which compounds a massive lack of appetite, which has made eating enough to keep me going tough and spilled over into the drink side of the force. One of the few scents I have been able to enjoy enough to pique my appeitite and so keep my fluids intake high enough has been from this classic cordial.
It has to be admitted that this cordial is not inexpensive. At £1.99 at Sainsbury's and Tesco's, it makes my back-up choice of Waitrose's Mexican Lime cordial look great value. However, it is a case of good value for money as one bottle goes a long way. You are advised to dilute the cordial at one part cordial to four parts water, but I find that a one to eight ratio makes a deliciously refreshing soft drink. This also cuts the calorie content in half and at 53kcal for the recomended serving, this is not to be sneezed at.
What you get from adding that one part cordial to water, especially when that water has been chilled in the fridge, is a beautifully scented, tangy drink balanced out with the sugar part of the ingredients which makes for a great adult squash.
To keep the adult theme, this cordial can also be used as with spirits as a mixer. Obviously, fresh limes are always better to use in a caipirinha or capiroshka but as they can be difficult to find, this cordial does make an acceptable substitute, especially with a lot of crushed ice to add the texture that the bashed limes otherwise give.
For diabetics, this cordial is old school - literally, as it dates back to the 1860's, though it is now owned by Coca-Cola. There is 12.3g of sugar in the recomended serving of Rose's Lime Cordial. Obviously, if you do dilute more than this you will reduce the sugar but it will remain something to use with caution if at all.
Lime juice, from concentrate, makes up 5% of the cordial, which is actually less than the Waitrose option, but has meant that this widely stocked cordial will give that extra bit of Vitamin C from a close to hand Sainsbury's Local, which makes being ill so much easier.
The bottle is plastic and recyclable.
The drink itself is delicious and does go a long way.
I am a huge fan of anything citrus flavoured which makes Like a key favourite of mine! I first came into contact with lime cordial last year on my holiday to Tenerife, people were having lager and lime and I thought I would try it! I have been hooked ever since. I have lime with everything now, such as plain old water, beer, vodka, Bacardi, coke, lemonade! I tried to tesco version of this but wasn't too keen on it, it is about 3x cheaper. I decided to try roses as it was the only other option to the cheap tesco version! I am so happy I picked it up and tried it as I have been hooked to this particular brand ever since!
I pay £1.99 for a 1 litre bottle of this, it is fairly expensive but this bottle will last me a while. It's not much more expensive than Robinsons squash so I believe it's worth it. The bottle is tall with the word roses on it, it looks very similar to the tesco own brand version. It's just the usual plastic material as you get with squash and it is a screw top lid. At first I was very shocked by the price, but I now believe it is worth it because it completely transforms my drinks! All I need Is a splash.
The cordial has a very strong lime taste which is really refreshing. It tasted great with water and ice like you would drink squash! I add a dash of this to a pint of beer and it makes the beer taste fruity and fresh, it's the perfect summer drink. I love the citrus edge in beer. I usually add a splash of this and some lemonade. You can add this to most alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. I find you only need a small amount for it to taste great. I was surprised at how much this cordial does taste of lime, the smell is also so nice! Having lime cordial in the cupboard is so useful and especially when it is quality stuff like this. I have to say that this is the best lime cordial I have ever tasted! It lasts ages and I now couldn't be without my roses lime cordial. I keep it in the fridge as it tastes perfect cold. I have tasted this straight out the bottle and the taste was very strong! Lime overdose comes to mind.
I would recommend that you give this a try. It can be used in so many ways and this brand is by far the tastiest I have tried. I have tried a few cheap imitations but this one is the way to go. I am happy to pay the higher price because you pay for quality in the taste. For me this is the perfect cordial! It reminds me so much of good summer times, I will still be using it throughout the winter and over Christmas! This gets a full 5 star rating from me, I love it. Thanks for reading my review :) I hope it helped you out.
As a family of four - husband and two daughters (aged 2 and 5) we are always looking for ways to stretch the family budget. In some places we are happy to buy budget brands - pasta, kitchen towel etc - but in some areas you really can't scrimp and buy a non-branded product. Rose's Lime Cordial is one of these occasions.
At almost £2 for a 1 litre bottle Rose's Lime Cordial can never be called inexpensive! A bottle for us lasts about 4 months though so doesn't feel too much of a luxury not to consider buying it. Rose Co first brought lime juice form the West Indies as far back as the 1860s! It is amazing then to consider that the cordial still exists and is still a brand leader.
The juice can be diluted as a soft drink - not too sweet and not too sharp. How we use it though is as a topper for lager - the classic lager and lime loved by everybody's grandmother in a half pint glass!
The cordial is even By Royal Appointment to Queen Elizabeth II.. So if it is good enough for the Queen it is surely good enough for us!
By adding this lime juice to lager it takes the edge off - especially if it isn't a particularly premium quality lager you are about to drinks.
As a cordial you don't need very much of it diluted with water to make a very refreshing soft drink. I would imagine this cordial could also be used in a number of cocktails, but we haven't managed to go down this route with it yet.
The cordial is thick and rich green in colour. Some of the lesser brands are much more watery in texture and colour and produce, as such, a more watery, less intense lime flavour. A little of this really does go a long way, so give it a go ext time you fancy a refreshing change!
Whenever I go out to the pub for a quiet drink with the family, if i'm not drinking alcohol then half the time, this will be my drink of choice. I have it with lemonade (instead of boring old water) and the bubbles of the lemonade mixed with the sharp and crisp taste of the lime is just perfect.
I bought my first bottle of rose's lime cordial last summer, and began having it as my afternoon drink while I was just sat out it garden. I soon progressed to having it with my dinner, as I find that when I have a fizzy drink it just lasts longer.
I have also recently started adding it my gin and tonic's, which just gives it that little extra kick. Something that a few friends have recommended to me, but I have yet to try, is adding it to a cup of tea.
It is £1.64 for a 1 litre bottle from Tesco, which is great value considering how much you actually get in the bottle, and how many uses you can put it to.
I would say however, that unless like limes (and they are a bit of a particular taste) then isn't for you, as the taste is quite strong.
==Roses Lime Cordial==
Now that summer is almost here it is time to crack open the more summer feeling drinks and in my opinion there is nothing that screams summertime more than a nice tipple of vodka, lime and lemonade! Now of course to have this drink there is really only one code that needs to be stuck to, and this is the fact that the lime must be this Roses Lime Cordial or its just not the same.
You can pick up a bottle of this from more or less any where as it is readily available and even the smaller local convenience stores will choose to stock this make of the cordial. Expect to pay around £1 or just over for a bottle which is a little more expensive than shops own version of the lime but to be fair this one has the quality and the taste which makes it very worth while to be paying out that little bit more.
In the bottle you get 1 litres which does seem to last forever especially as a little bit of the mix goes a long way to putting the lime flavour in the drinks. It is a nice design of bottle and the little symbol that states it is by appointment to the queen makes it stand out as being something with a great deal more class than the others on the shelf.
This isn't an especially sugary drink when you take into account that you really only need a small amount diluted with the vodka and lemonade to get the adequate lime taste but if you were to drink 250 ml of the cordial you would be looking at having 53 calories and 12.3 gram of sugar.
Having had a look on the back of the bottle it states that the Lime Cordial was imported from the West Indies was back in the 1860s which is quite amazing to think that it is still around and a favourite now. The bottle itself is recyclable.
The main thing with this drink has got to be the taste which in my opinion beats other lime cordial hands down. This drink need only a few gloggs to be poured from the bottle in order to get the refreshing and tangy taste that the lime flavour has. It is strong without being sickly or bitter and a little of the cordial goes a long way and a whole bottle will last us throughout the summer. There is a lovely after taste with the drink which is a refreshing and zesty one. I find the drink to be very thirst quenching and after having one of these I feel hydrated and happy (well that is probably the vodka).
The taste just really does mean summertime to me and if you mix it with a ton of ice cubes the refreshing taste and feeling just can't be beaten in my opinion. I think there is nothing bad about this drink, it is a fair price for the amount of time a bottle lasts, it is a classic drink which is tasty and refreshing. What more could anyone want. I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Goodness - this takes me back!
I bought a bottle of this last week. It must have always been on the shelves but I was invariably buying squashes rather than cordials and it remained invisible to me.
In the olden days, if you took a girl out, it was generally lager and black(currant) or lager and lime that you had to buy for them. Girls didn't pay for their own drinks in those days. If you got off with a wine swigging girl, she could prove expensive, so you'd need to be sure she was going to be worth it, if you get my drift.
Rose's Lime Juice was typically used as a mixer within other drinks, lager being the typical example in that the sweet sugary yet tart taste of Rose's took the edge off that rather harsh lager taste. Not many boys drank their lager with lime - but many secretly liked it - including me.
I bought this last week at Tesco for £1.64, primarily not to use as a mixer but as a drink with ice and water just to enjoy on its own and it was all I remembered it to be. It does make you suck your cheeks in with the lime and having made the first drink a bit strong, I can recommend that you keep the dilution rate high - just enough to give you a taste of the lime is all you need.
I am now halfway down the bottle and confess to also having tried some of this in a lager on Sunday after mowing the grass. Now, it wouldn't be something I would use in an expensive lager as it might well spoil the taste - again, not using much is the key. However, if you have cheap lager, a shot of this lime juice can liven it up a bit and actually improve the flavour.
The drink first started out in Edinburgh in the late 1800s when Lauchlin Rose saw the scope for making a decent business out of supplying this drink to ward off scurvy. He bought/planted lime groves in Dominica and later on the Gold Coast to bolster the supply line and the drink has continued to this day, albeit it is now one of a range of drinks marketed by Rose's to include Grenadine, Mojito and Blue Curacao to name but three.
The drink is based on 5% lime from concentrate plus water plus sugars, preservatives, colorants etc. There aren't many calories in it and it makes a pleasant change from other such drinks which may sell in higher volumes.
Stocked by all the major supermarkets at £1.64 for a one litre bottle.
Roses Lime Cordial is one for the adults, that is my opinion anyway.
If you enjoy a long cool refreshing drink when the sun comes out to play then a glass of Roses lime cordial filled with crushed ice would be the perfect drink for you.
Roses Lime cordial is a top quality product but it also comes with a top quality price on its head, on average for a 1 litre bottle you can expect to pay slightly over £1.50. I was lucky and I managed to buy two for £1 in my local cheapy store, they will be stowed away in my store cupboard until the summer months.
Times they are a changing, years ago Roses lime juice cordial came in a thick glass bottle that had the texture and appearance of a lemon rind towards the top of the bottle, today we have to accept that the cordial is packed into a bog standard plastic bottle that can be recycled.
Roses lime juice cordial tastes sweet, fresh and tangy, on the bottle they suggest that you use one part cordial to four parts water. I am a demon and I like my glass of cordial to have a `kick` to it, so I tend to use slightly more cordial than suggested.
I love to put some crushed ice into a tall glass and then pour the cordial onto the top of the ice and fill it up with ice cold water, the citrus drink is really thirst quenching and highly refreshing.
Initially the cordial is a vibrant shade of green but once it has been diluted that colour fades somewhat.
The ingredients include concentrated lime juice, citric acid, sugar, flavourings and preservatives. Two E numbers have made they way into the cordial when no one seemed to be looking !
If you are going to enjoy a half of lager and lime then Roses cordial is perfect for the job, I know that I like more than a dash of lime in my lager. Lime juice makes an ideal mixer for vodka too !
A 100ml glass of lime cordial made with one quarter of lime cordial concentrate will contain about 30 calories.
If you are a cheesecake fan then lime cordial makes a fabulous flavouring for the cold dessert.
Roses Lime cordial was the idea of a Scotsman called Lauchlin Rose, Mr Rose decided that his creation was worth patenting and in 1867 he did take out a patent his unique idea.
Interestingly enough in that same year all of the sailors in both the Royal and the Merchant Navy were given a daily dose of lime juice as a preventative measure against scurvy.
Roses Lime cordial may not appeal to the children, I would reserve this one for the adults.
If you pay full price for the 1 litre bottle then you could think it was expensive but the contents of the bottle go a long way.
I came across Rose's Lime Cordial when I developed a bit of a soft sport for the alcoholic drink Cubans, which is a mixture of coke, spiced rum and lime cordial. This lime cordial was recommended to me by a friend.
I had never tried any cordials before as I had an image in my head that they were for stuffy old people, but I have now learnt I was very wrong.
Rose's Lime Cordial comes in a clear bottle with a green label on. I have to say that the packaging appears quite old fashioned, which probably has supported my beliefs so far that it is a drink for the older generation.
The cordial tastes delicious in a cuban, it adds some zesty twang and really livens it up. One thing I have found is that I have to minimise how much I add to my drink if I am drinking a few drinks in a night otherwise I end up really dehydrated and with a headache from the too sweet concentrated taste.
Since buying the bottle for my cubans I have also tried it with water, in place of squash. You only have to add a little bit, much less than you would add of squash. It is a really zingy refreshing drink that tastes great and summery. I would recommend this if the lime taste is for you. One bottle lasts ages!
Having taken a bit of a liking for a well-known branded lime cordial drink recently, I asked my partner to pick up another bottle of the cordial when I had ran out. He was going to our local (independent) grocery store for some other bits and pieces and I was confident that he would be able to purchase this item there too.
He did indeed return home with a bottle of lime cordial but it was a different brand from the Schweppes cordial I had been buying lately. The only brand of lime cordial available in the grocery store at the time was the 'Rose's' branded cordial and the bottle cost my partner £1.99.
I did think that this was a bit pricey, especially as the bottle is the same 1 litre size as the Schweppes offering. Because it was a more expensive price I was keen to see if the Rose's lime was of a better quality.
Before I go on, I will admit that the Rose's bottle is certainly more appealing, in terms of packaging. The plastic bottle is a more traditional shape than the Schweppes bottle, which is just a plain 'boxy' bottle which looks to be similar to a bottle of bog-standard supermarket-own-branded diluting juice. The Rose's bottle in comparison has some little 'etchings' on the plastic which look to be little leaves or plants. The label on the front of the bottle too is certainly more eye-catching and looks to be of a higher quality than the Schweppes label and bottle on the whole. The bottle of Rose's lime cordial is exactly like that shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page.
The cordial itself also gives the impression of being a slightly better quality product when compared to the Schweppes cordial. A much deeper green colour, the Rose's lime cordial has a much 'fuller' aspect to the colour of the liquid whereas the Schweppes cordial looks to be quite watered down in comparison.
As soon as the lid to the bottle is removed and I sniff the contents, the lime fragrance that reaches up to my nostrils is very strong. So much so that I can feel almost immediately my mouth starts to water in response. The smell is indeed very appetising and refreshing, and of course it is very limey!
Because the Rose's cordial is quite strong, I did find that I don't need to use much of it. This means that I can (almost) justify the more expensive price tag, as it is quite economical and the bottle does last a reasonable amount of time. I find that the Rose's lime cordial is strong-tasting enough that even a very small amount - perhaps a desert spoon or so - will add a refreshing 'twang' to my glass of fizzy water or lemonade.
I did find that the Rose's lime is really quite sweet-tasting, and it might actually be overly-so for some palates. Not me though, probably because I have an incredible sweet tooth! When compared to the Schweppes lime cordial, I would definitely say that the Rose's lime is sweeter, whereas the Schweppes lime has a bit of'tartness' to the overall taste.
Said 'tartness' can also be detected from the Rose's lime to be fair, but of course limes are an extremely acidic or sour tasting fruit in my opinion, so any juice or cordial that claims to contain (before dilution) 25% lime juice (as the Rose's cordial does) should most definitely have that zingy 'kick' to it in my humble opinion. The Rose's cordial doesn't disappoint in terms of taste at all, and I did find it easily ticked all the right boxes when diluting it in my drink.
In addition, I did find that I preferred the Rose's lime when it was added to my lager. The Schweppes lime cordial was nice enough tasting when added to my lager too, to be fair, but I did feel that the Rose's again just had more of a 'kick' and I felt that this added more to the overall flavour of my lager and lime. I do like to really taste the lime and the accompanying acidity when I have added lime to my lager and the Rose's lime cordial didn't disappoint!
The nutritional information on the reverse of the label informs me that 100ml of the Rose's cordial (when diluted) will provide 21 calories and 0 fat. There is advice given on the label about diluting the cordial for infants and babies, and I can see that there is a website for the product at www.coca-cola.co.uk/nutrition.
All in all I would buy the Rose's lime over another brand if I was given the choice, and I did feel that the extra pennies to buy this brand were quite justified. A stronger tasting, richer looking cordial is what I thought the Rose's brand offered on this occasion, and I would definitely award it top marks and highly recommend it!
I'm not a fan of alcohol but during the summer months do enjoy a nice lager & lime in the garden as I find it a very refreshing drink. Obviously, 2009 ended up being the summer than never was for many of us but I still found plenty of occasions to enjoy this delicious Rose's Lime Cordial thanks to a variety of family parties and barbecues.
There are a number of lime cordials on the market at the moment, but this Rose's one is certainly the best in my opinion and the only one which actually tastes of lime rather than the chemically made lime that most manufacturers seem to sell.
This cordial has such a strong flavour that you really only need a very small amount in whatever drink you're adding it to. I often add a little to ice cold water for an extremely refreshing soft drink which has just the right level of tanginess and citrus flavour, or if you find the idea of lime cordial a little too zingy for your taste buds then try a dash in a glass of lemonade which sweetens the drink beautifully and makes it a little easier to drink if you are not a fan of tangy drinks.
When it comes to replicating a lager & lime from the pub you have to use Rose's cordial, none of the others come even close. Recently when my local shop had run out of Rose's I bought a bottle of that awful cheap Jucee Lime and it was appalling, admittedly it had a fairly good lime flavour but the taste of chemicals completely overwhelmed this and it didn't taste half as good when added to lager as this Rose's does.
I think it's the fact that Rose's Lime Cordial tastes so fresh, whereas most squashes (especially the more tangy flavours) taste slightly stale to me and even when the aroma seems rounded the flavour can be somewhat lacking once water or whatever mixer you're using has been added to the cordial.
Because you need only to use a very small amount of this a bottle will last you for quite a while, even using it to make a glass of squash each morning my current bottle has lasted me for well over three weeks. It might be one of the most expensive lime cordials on the market but the quality and fact that it will last just about forever make it the most cost effective in my opinion and this is one product that I won't be changing for sometime to come.
A fabulous summertime drink with ice and sparkling water or lemonade.
Lime cordial has always been a favourite of mine as I love citrus fruits. After trying many different brands it has become clear to me that Rose's although being one of the most expensive brands on the shelf, simply does not match the standards of some other home brands such as tesco or asda.
Rose's lime cordial does not seem to be as strong or as flavoursome as many others. Because of this you will find yourself using it up very quickly meaning you will havre to spend even more money on this already overpriced drink.
One type of lime cordial that I can definitely recommend instead is Tesco's double concentrated mexican lime cordial. As it is double concentrated, you only need to use a drop and it is very strong and flavoursome. Obviously, this means a bottle lasts you longer and so you save even more money.
Don't just go for the brand names!
Excellent product. I miss the glass bottles but you have to go with progress. I have drunk lime cordial sice I was a child. Roses is the quality others have to be judged by, no one can match it and I have tried others. They just do not have the secret ingriedient needed to cut the mustard.
Roses lime cordial unless I am very much mistaken is THE original lime cordial, and as of yet I have still to find one which even comes close. Not that I did indeed find many more anyway but there are a few.
The liquid itself has quite a thick viscosity and is a yellowy shade of green, a bit like an unripe banana. It can be drunk on it's own as a mixer for a shot of spirit like vodka in which case it does taste very nice, but it is recommended to dilute to taste. It does have a fruity smell although I did not find this as strong as I had expected. It arrives in a square tube shaped bottle of plastic and has a bright green top and label. On the label the word ROSES dominates a white oval in the centre. Under this in outlined font are the words Lime Juice Cordial. The packaging is not nearly as impressive as the contents.
On a nice hot summer's day take a nice tall glass and fill up to about a third of the glass with Roses lime Cordial, add a liberal amount of ice cubes or better still crushed ice. Top up with water and bask in the sunlight whilst drinking the zingiest zing, and be refreshed to the max. The cordial once diluted tastes extremely fruity and has one heck of a zing to it; it brings every taste bud to life. It is quite sweet too but this quite nicely counteracts the zinginess to make a very nice refreshing drink.
Another option for a drink is as before but this time add either fizzy lemonade or tonic water, once again this makes a great drink for a summers day assuming we are going to have a summer this year. A little vodka added to the tonic version makes for another very pleasant drink with two kicks, one from the voddy and one from the lime.
The drink comes in a litre bottle and costs in the region of £1.29 from ASDA and other good stores. It is however a product I only see now and then so I usually purchase a bottle when seen since I have no idea when it will be available again.
It is a very pleasant drink and well worth the money, I'm sure you can think of many more concoctions to dream up with such a versatile mixer at you disposal.