Monday, February 22, 2021

Mint Gimlet


When you thrift beautiful vintage glasses, a cocktail recipe is sure to follow! I picked up these during the Lincoln City Antique Week (highly recommend checking it out if you live near the area).  I wanted a refreshing cocktail that would also compliment the color of the glass so a classic gimlet seemed like the perfect choice! (spoiler alert, it WAS the perfect choice)

Gimlet origin story:

The Gimlet was promoted and drunk by British officers back in the 19th Century. Citrus juice was considered a gift from the Gods to sailors, as it prevented them from catching scurvy.

Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette (served 1879 – 1913) is cited by some as the namesake of the Gimlet. Acting as a doctor to sailors, he administered gin with lime in order to mask the bitter taste. Allegedly, he introduced this to his shipmates to help them swallow down the lime juice as an anti-scurvy medication (that's my kinda medicine amirite?)

Some modern adaptations include substituting vodka for gin, adding herbs & botanicals for flavor variations, and cucumbers for a refreshing twist!

 Sourced from Gin Foundry

Mint Gimlet

makes one cocktail

2 ounces (1/4 cup) gin
1 ounce (2 TBSP) fresh lime juice
1/2 to 1 ounce (1 to 2 TBSP) mint simple syrup,* depending on how sweet you like it.
lime slices & fresh mint for garnish

1. Combine the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker or mason jar.  Add in a handful of ice.  Then cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, or until the mixture is chilled.
Strain and serve. 

2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with a slice of lime, if you would like.

*To make mint simple syrup,  combine 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves, and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Heat on medium-high until the sugar has dissolved. 

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