Monday, March 9, 2015

Old-Timey Cocktails: Part III

How could I possibly do an "Old-Timey Cocktail Series" without including the Gimlet?  If there was ever a classic cocktail, strictly in name alone anyway, it's the Gimlet!  It just sounds so vintage.  I bet if you asked an average Joe or Joanna on the street they wouldn't even know what's in a Gimlet.  Of course I have no evidence to support this statement, but whatev.  Onward!

It's actually a really simple drink.  Just 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of lime juice (1/2 of a lime) & 3/4 oz of simple syrup.  Yep.  That's all.  In my researching travels, I found that it was a medicinal cocktail that was used to fight scurvy, and that it's also considered one of the forgotten gin cocktails. Time to bring it back, I think.  Cause you know, I have that power.

Not really.

The hubby was convinced a Gimlet came with mini-onions as a garnish.  I believed him for about a minute.  Mini-onions and the Gimlet definitely don't go together.  They're actually a garnish for another vintage, gin-based drink that also starts with a G called the Gibson.  The Gimlet is all fancy-style and can be garnished with a lime wedge or a cucumber slice.  No pearl onions there!

The Gimlet recipe in my go-to reference book calls for Rose's Lime Juice, which is a sweetened lime juice.  (sort of combines the fresh lime and simple sugar into one ingredient)  But, I like to use fresh ingredients, so I went with freshly squeezed lime juice and a simple syrup instead of Rose's Lime Juice. 

I pulled out the mini-strainer because I didn't want the pulp and pits from the lime to get into the mixture. 

Just like the Tom Collins, this one is another summer-y cocktail simply because of the citrus factor.  It would be a nice choice at a summer barbeque or backyard party.  It would probably go great with a pulled pork sandwich.  I think I might be hungry.

Anyway - there's your part 3 in the books.  Who wants to try a Gimlet with me now?  We've got to fight off the scurvy!

Ta-ta for now.

Cheers!  And hallelujah to another glimpse of the sun!  For about a half hour, anyway.

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