The Gin Gimlet cocktail is one of those classics that have been around forever, and with good reason. The original Gin Gimlet was 2-parts gin to 1-part Rose’s lime juice. Rose’s Lime Juice is lime juice that is preserved with sugar, making it not only sweet but also shelf-stable. This gave the Gin Gimlet a tart and sweet flavor beloved by so many of us and as well as a prominent place in cocktail history.
I have updated the classic Gin Gimlet with the addition of cucumber and rosemary.
When making a Gin Gimlet with a particularly herbaceous gin, the flavors of cucumber, lime, rosemary, and gin all just seem to work together in a way that makes my Cucumber Gin Gimlet a cocktail to go to again and again. For this Gin Gimlet recipe, my gin of choice is Hendrick’s, it was one of my college Professors’ favorites and I guess I just followed her lead when the time to order the next round of Gin Cucumber Martinis. Although decorum would dictate that I firmly reject the notion that I regularly went out drinking with my Professor. Hendrick’s is unusual in that one of its many wonderful flavor profiles is the infusion of rose petals and cucumbers during the distillation process. Which makes the cucumber a perfect garnish for any gin, but particularly excellent with Hendrick’s.
Here’s my Cucumber Gin Gimlet recipe
- 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
- 4 ¼ inch slices Cucumber, muddled
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, muddled
- 1 half lime, juice
- 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
- Sprig Fresh Rosemary, garnish
- Thin Strip Cucumber, garnish
- Slice Lime, garnish
-Add cucumber slices, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, muddle well
-Add ice and gin, stir gently for 30 seconds
-Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of cucumber, wrap the strips on the inside of a tumbler, fill with ice
-Strain the ice-cold Gimlet into the tumbler, enjoy with your favorite teacher
Shake or Stir a Gin Gimlet?
Why did Bond always ask for his Martini shaken not stirred? Easy, 007 was drinking a Vodka Martini, not a Gin Martini.
Never shake a gin cocktail, it will aerate the gin giving it a slightly ‘off’ flavor, destroying some of the subtle nuances and changing the flavor profile. Gently stir and you’ll be rewarded with a much more enjoyable cocktail, cheers mate!
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