Forgotten Classic Cocktails: The Gimlet!

The Gimlet aka Gene Snyder on the rocks.

The Gimlet aka Gene Snyder on the rocks.

Once as popular as the Martini or Manhattan the mighty Gimlet is often overlooked by modern cocktailians. On several occasions I have even received a Martini with cocktail onions(Gibson) upon ordering a Gimlet. Two simple ingredients combine to make something much more. A juniper-citrus aroma, through the sweet and sour mid palate, and a long lingering finish. Hard to beat for a serious slake. If you have the means please make your own lime cordial, it really makes a difference. Recipes follow. Gimlet 1 / Scurvy 0

60ml Beefeater 24 Gin
25ml housemade Lime Cordial**
1 lime wheel (to garnish)

Combine Gin and Cordial in mixing glass. Top with ice. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with lime wheel.
serves 1.

** Lime Cordial
4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
2.5 cups raw light agave nectar
approx 40 kaffir lime leaves, bruised to release flavour.

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then decrease heat to low. simmer until slightly thickened – It should coat the back of a spoon. Using a slotted spoon remove the leaves and any scum that may have risen. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in a food safe container. Will keep refrigerated for 7-10 days. Recipe adapted from “Speakeasy” by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric / Ten Speed Press 2010.

Be sure to never forget about the Classics!
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