This edition of Nibbles isn’t something to chew on, but it is short and sweet.
Introducing: The Gin Gimlet, Official Cocktail of Summer 2016 (I know it’s not summer until June 21; I like to be prepared).
Recently, Karen and I met my sister and our niece for the first girls’ lunch of the season. I selected the Hibiscus Gimlet from the restaurant’s fun and creative cocktail menu. It was absolutely delicious: fruity, but only just sweet enough to cut the astringency of the gin. I liked it so much, I was Googling gimlet recipes before we made it home.
I don’t normally make cocktails. I can’t be bothered to round up all of the syrups, liqueurs, liquors, elixirs, and juices needed for one little drink I may or may not ever make again.
The gin gimlet, however, is a different story. Just 3 ingredients, very basic equipment, and nothing I didn’t have on hand. Let’s roll!
Classic Gin Gimlet
2 ounces dry gin
3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
3/4 ounces simple syrup*
Load your cocktail shaker with ice (I’m sure a big tumbler would work. Don’t get hung up on equipment here; nobody’s looking). Add all ingredients, give it a good stir (or shake; I’ll try that next, for the sake of my education), pour into a chilled martini glass (I’m guessing a glass of a different shape would do the trick; go ahead, be a wild and crazy rule breaker!). Garnish with a wedge of lime, find a comfy spot in the shade, and sip.
* opinions differ regarding simple syrup for cocktails, but I go with SIMPLE: one sugar to one water, boil, chill. Fortunately, I have this in the fridge all summer for weekly refills of the hummingbird feeder (I’m pretty sure the hummers are happy to share).
In addition to fun cocktails, another sure sign of summer in our yard, is the placement of this stepping stone. Stella, the Goddess of the Girlie Weekend, is a treasured hand crafted gift from our dear friend, Annie.
Morning light is much better for photography, but I think the afternoon shadows prove that I have a little self-restraint.
The ice cold Gin Gimlet is the perfect mix of tart and sweet with a health bonus: the vitamin C in the lime juice makes it an essential element in the scurvy-fighting diet; something we’re all looking for, am I right?
Here’s to a happy, healthy summer!
Do you have a favourite easy summer cocktail to suggest, in case I feel the need to mix things up a bit (no pun intended)? Please share. That’s what friends are for, isn’t it?