Cocktail of the Week: A Fresh Gimlet
Looking for a way to brighten up a snowy day? Try a fresh twist on a classic Gimlet! Skip the sweetened lime juice and use fresh juice. If the spirit moves you, try some flavored simple syrup such as rosemary , ginger or clove to spice up your cocktail.
2 ½oz Gin (or Vodka – your choice!)
½ oz Simple Syrup*
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wheels for garnish.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, Gin (or Vodka), Simple Syrup and Fresh Lime Juice. Cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into a martini glass or over ice in a small tumbler. Garnish with a Lime Wheel. Sip and dream of spring!
Cocktail Trivia! The Gimlet is reportedly named after British Naval Officer and fleet surgeon, Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette (1858 – 1943). In an effort to create a concoction to ward off scurvy, Sir Thomas added gin to lime juice to mask the bitter taste. In Gimlette’s day officers drank gin but the ranks were given rations of rum – we’ll save the rum with lime for another week.
* Simple Syrup is really simple. Just put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer for a few minutes to dissolve all the sugar. To flavor the syrup, choose your flavoring e.g., sliced fresh ginger, mint, cloves, lemon peel… and add to the saucepan with the water and sugar. Let the flavored syrup simmer a little longer or cover the saucepan, turn off the stove and let the flavoring steep into the syrup for at least 30 minutes. Strain before storing in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
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