TGIF, Friends! I’ve made you a fancy cocktail. A Gin & Ginger Gimlet!
Wow, what a busy summer this has turned out to be. Sorry for the light posting but life has been crazier than expected.
I’ve made my usual summer migration up to Minnesota to play the opera and we’re opening Sweeney Todd tonight! The singers are ridiculously good and this production is perfect for our outdoor space at the antique flour mill ruins. (Pictures to come.)
So maybe we need a cocktail to celebrate. Or maybe we need a cocktail just because it’s Friday.
Or maybe just because a Gin & Ginger Gimlet is so dang tasty!
I’ve come up with a couple of variations on this drink since originally making it but here are the basics…
Here’s what you need:
Hendrick’s Gin, Ginger Liqueur (Domaine de Canton or other), Club Soda or Tonic Water, Lime, and Cucumber.
Other garnish options which are highly recommended include fresh mint or basil (not pictured).
I had similar drink recently that was made with gin, ginger ale, and basil and that got me thinking that this would be a great use for the ginger liqueur that has been sitting up in our cabinet. We bought it last summer and made some really tasty bourbon & ginger cocktails that both Jim and I have forgotten how to make. Good grief!
This recipe is a very simple ratio of 1 to 1 plus a splash. 1 part gin, one part ginger liqueur, and a splash of club soda.
But first, the garnishes!
If you’ve never tried Hendrick’s gin, you’re missing out on something clean, crisp, and wonderful. It is infused ever so slightly with a cucumber flavor so cucumbers are a natural garnish.
Any gimlet also requires lime. Traditional gimlets use Rose’s lime juice but since the ginger liqueur is already quite sweet, I’m going traditional with real, fresh limes.
Cut a few slices of cucumber into 4ths and a lime into small wedges.
I would also have added a few leaves of fresh mint or basil but it was doing this outside…
If you have them, mint or basil really turn this drink into something special.
To get the best flavor out of our garnishes, we’re going to muddle them together. You can do this right in your glass but since my glass is not so sturdy, I’m opting to muddle in my cocktail shaker.
Place 4 small wedges of cucumber in your glass or shaker. Squeeze in the juice from 2-3 lime wedges then toss the wedges into the glass. Use a muddling tool or the end of a wooden spoon to smash the cucumbers and limes together.
If you’re using mint or basil…both REALLY good options to add a little more zing to this drink, toss them in there and muddle them up too.
Next add 2 ounces of gin, 2 ounces of ginger liqueur, and a splash of club soda.
Stir to combine (no need to shake) then pour it into a glass filled with ice.
Taste it and top off with a little more club soda if you’d like.
Cool and refreshing and perfect for summer.
One other option is to put these in a tall glass and instead of a soda fill the glass with tonic water like you would for a gin & tonic. Same ratios of gin and ginger (1:1) but the extra tonic gives you a little less alcohol up in your face per drink.
Gin & Ginger Gimlets are our new summer drink.
Happy Friday! Happy Summer! Happy I’m not in my car any more this week…that story and photos are coming soon.
Here’s the recipe: