The One Thing You Should Be Doing with Your Leftover Lime Rinds

published May 8, 2023
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No matter how efficient your juicer is or how skilled you are at maximizing the squeeze, there’s always that little bit of extra liquid left in the lime rind that you simply can’t seem to get out. It seems a shame to let the tart, versatile nectar go to waste. Now, thanks to a trending new TikTok trick, you don’t have to! 

User @chefv707 — aka private chef Veronica Eicken — has devised a simple, low-lift solution for all of your leftover lime rinds. All you’ll need is a blender, stovetop pot, water, sugar, and a jar to use leftover lime rinds to make a flavorful syrup for margaritas.

How to Use Lime Rinds to Make Flavored Simple Syrup

Grab your leftover lime rinds (here, Veronica appears to have about 8 to 10 limes), load them in a full-size blender with 3 cups of water, and pulse “just three times.” Strain the entire solution into a stovetop pot — don’t press, or you’ll risk a bitter syrup, adds Veronica.

Add 3 cups of sugar to the mix (you can dial the sugar measurement up or down to your liking). Heat on low until the sugar has just dissolved. Pour into a heatproof glass container and let the syrup cool fully before storing in the fridge overnight. Taste the solution and add fresh lime juice if you wish, and voilà — a sweet-and-tart syrup you can use as the base of a killer margarita.

My Thoughts on This Clever Hack

Longing for happy hour, I decided to give it a whirl. I was a little nervous about blitzing out my blender with so many limes, but the water and quick pulses worked well. I immediately noticed the liquid resembled store-bought lime juice after blending.

Straining the liquid and dissolving the sugar took an easy five minutes, and after cooling my masterpiece overnight, I took a taste. Delicious! It was by far one of the easiest and most eco-friendly simple syrups I’ve made. Now for the hard part — should I use my syrup for dessert or margaritas? Why not both! As Veronica says, “waste not, want not.”  Cheers!