A Gimlet Cocktail & a Redhead
The reason I called our blog the Cocktail Diaries was initially because I had kept a record of many conversations I had with guests when I was a cocktail bartender, and the drinks that followed these conversations. I’ll share some of them through this blog as we go along.
Here is one such encounter that I noted down on Sunday November 3rd 2013(!)
A redhead who manages a restaurant close by has found herself a stool at the bar in front of me. She works in the hospitality industry and is none too pleased having had a restaurant full of screaming kids on this particular day. The accompanying adults that had made it in to her establishment were also of the variety that don’t get out to often, and had failed at the first hurdle of treating their host as a human being, not their servant. Needless to say, a strong drink was in order. A boiler maker (beer and a shot of bourbon) is normally my remedy in situations like this, but she can get that in one of the many pubs in the area. She’s here because she wants something a little more imaginative and crafted I guess. But she’s clear that she wants a strong drink.
From nowhere in particular (as is the nature of ideas), the Gimlet comes to mind. A wonderfully elegant gin cocktail, masking a pretty substantial hit of liquor – today more so than usual – as I reach for Plymouth Navy gin.
I am going with 2 parts gin to 1 part Rose’s Lime Cordial. At 57% ABV, there’ll be no mistaking the alcohol in her glass, but the zesty, sweet lime cordial will smooth over the rough edges. A delicious, reflective cocktail – with enough alcohol to provide the diversion and relaxation she is looking for.
Here is a really solid recipe:
Plymouth Navy gin (Beefeater also works great) – 50ml
Rose’s Lime Cordial – 25ml
Method: Stir with lots of fresh, cubed ice
Glass: Martini glass.
Some other gin brands you might consider include Tanqueray, Beefeater and Whitley Neill, Sipsmith, and Bombay Sapphire.
You can also shake this drink, and in this case you’ll end up with a cloudier cocktail– much more alive as a result of the tiny shards of ice in your drink. I have even seen these served on the rocks (stirred or shaken) and this works because the bold flavour profile can endure the slow watering down should you want to take your time drinking it, but it’s not my favourite way to enjoy one of these.
You can make your own lime cordial and one day I’ll share a recipe for that, but for now Rose’s will more than suffice.
Plymouth, with its oily citrus notes is a gin I generally love. That said, cases of Plymouth Navy gin were once awarded to British Navy personnel when they successfully sunk Argentine ships in the Falklands war which is not my favourite fun fact.
I’d encourage you to experiment with both shaking and stirring, as well as your ratio of gin to lime cordial. 2:1 is where I stand, but let me know what you guys think.
If gin is your bag, you might also like to have a look at another gin drink we love – The Tom Collins
Photo credits – www.noseychef.com
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