For a change – A recipe with a difference

Who says medicine can’t taste amazing? This essential cocktail was created for sailors as a way to prevent scurvy. It didn’t take long to realize that this preventative drink was also delicious. While scurvy may be of the past, it seems like this tart tipple is here to stay. It doesn’t get much simpler or more refreshing than the classic Gimlet.

Basil, Vodka Gimlet

About The Simple Syrup Cocktail
If you can boil water, you can make a simple syrup. The staple cocktail sweetener more than earns its name, consisting, simply, of equal-parts granulated sugar and water. From there, the variations are endless. Like your sweetener sweeter? Up the ratio to two to one, sugar to water. Looking to add a little zip to your Paloma or oomph to your Old Fashioned? Steep a couple of jalapeño slices or cinnamon sticks.

The best part? Your homemade simple syrup once sealed and refrigerated can live a happy, productive life for up to a month. That’s 30 days shaking, stirring, blending and drinking your own homemade cocktails. Now doesn’t that sound sweet?

Ingredients in The Simple Syrup Cocktail
120mL Granulated sugar
120mL Water

How to make The Simple Syrup Cocktail
Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Simple syrup will keep, refrigerated, for about one month.

Other Information
Use Demerara sugar for a richer flavour.

Ingredients in The Gimlet Cocktail  
75mL Gin
15mL Fresh lime juice
15mL Simple syrup
Garnish: Lime wheel

John Keegan

2 thoughts on “Gimlet”

  1. Tried this as part of the ‘anyone for breakfast’ – highly recommended with gin as it makes the world seem a happier place – should go on sale in the House of Commons – although as the MPs only work (attend) three and half days a week as they clearly must have more important matters to focus on!!

  2. Having been (many years ago and to my eternal shame) a guest of Jeremy Thorpe, David Steel, and my eternal friend Rusell Johnson, MP for Inverness (a gentleman and a scholar) but also, to my eternal embarrassment, Cyril Smth in the bar if the HoC, I can confirm that the working week of (some) MP’s was influenced by “Mother Ruin”.

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