Garden Herb Gin Gimlet

What is it about craft cocktails that feel so daunting to make at home?  When I read a cocktail menu out at a restaurant, I barely recognize half of the ingredients, which makes me think it would cost a fortune to stock a home bar with all those ingredients.  Enter the gin gimlet.  There are only three (three!) ingredients, the cocktail packs a punch, and the ratios are easy.

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet with Mint & Basil Simple Syrup

There was one tweak that took this gimlet from an at home cocktail to an I-would-pay-$12-for-this-at-a-restaurant cocktail.  Herb infused simple syrup.

Simple syrup is one of those things that shows up in a lot of cocktail and baking recipes, but I never actually take the time to consistently make it.  Why, I don’t know.  It’s so easy!  And you have to let the simple syrup cool anyway, so you might as well infuse flavor into it while it cools.

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet with Mint & Basil Simple Syrup

 

Simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, heated so the sugar dissolves, and then cooled.  During the cooling process I added fresh mint, basil, and borage from my garden to infuse with the syrup like you would steep tea.

The syrup combined with fresh lime juice and floral gin is just what your cocktail repertoire needs.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup loosely packed herbs
    • Mint, basil, borage flowers

For the gimlet

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part simple syrup

 

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet with Mint & Basil Simple Syrup

Start by combining water and sugar in a small saucepan.  Stir to combine and heat over medium heat until the mixture just comes to a simmer.  Remove from heat, stir, and add herbs.  Let the herbs steep in the syrup for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.  You don’t want to oversteep or you’ll begin to extract bitter flavors.

Once steeped and cooled, you can store the simple syrup in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to a week.  Garden Herb Gin Gimlet with Mint & Basil Simple Syrup

To make the gin gimlets, combine 1 part simple syrup with 1 part fresh lime juice and 2 parts gin.  I just use the lid of the cocktail shaker to measure.

Shake over ice in a cocktail shaker, strain, and serve. Garnish with borage flowers or fresh mint leaves.

You know how usually when you make cocktails, you have to taste and adjust at this point?  Not the case with this recipe, it came out of the cocktail shaker absolutely perfect!

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet with Mint & Basil Simple Syrup

Santé!

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Herbed Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup loosely packed herbs mint, basil, and borage (optional)

Gin Gimlet

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz herbed simple syrup
  • 2 oz gin

Instructions

Herbed Simple Syrup

  1. Combine sugar and water together in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and remove from heat

  2. Add herbs to the syrup and let steep and cool for at least a half an hour

Gin Gimlet

  1. Combine 1 part lime juice, 1 part simple syrup, and 2 parts gin in a cocktail shaker over ice

  2. Shake, strain into a glass and garnish with a borage flower or mint sprig



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