The Best Gimlet Ever

If you're like us, you've probably had a Gimlet somewhere in your drinking history...and you were not that impressed. Too often they're either WAY to tart, too sweet or honestly just not that delicious. Well, news flash... you haven't had this gimlet.

You'll find recipes that call for Rose's lime juice. Don't use it. While that stuff might have a place in some cocktails, it does not belong in this one. Instead, follow the easy recipe at the bottom of this post to make your own lime cordial with just lime zest and simple syrup. You can thank us later.

As for the gin, we reached for good ol' Plymouth Gin on this one because a classic cocktail deserves a classic gin. They've been making it since 1793, so you know they have to be doing something right! It's a unique, protected style of gin that only they make. Go get some.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Plymouth Gin
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
.75 oz lime cordial (see easy recipe below)
slice of lime for garnish


method:

Place your glass in the freezer to get it ice cold. Add your gin, lime juice and lime cordial to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Give it a good, spirited shake and strain into your chilled glass before dropping in the slice of lime to garnish. 

lime cordial 

1 lime, washed
4 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)

Using a microplane grater, remove all the zest from the lime. Add the lime zest to your simple syrup, stir to combine and let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pressing the remaining zest to get every damn drop of deliciousness. Refrigerate until needed.

Bright Negroni

It's pretty convenient that Juniper June falls right in the middle of Negroni Week

One of our all-time favorite classic cocktails, the Negroni, is typically composed of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Negroni Week has raised the profile of this simple cocktail with their annual celebration, encouraging bars around the world to embrace the bitter side of booze and donate a portion of Negroni sales to a charity of their choice. 

What's even more exciting is how this event has expanded the definition of what makes a Negroni. Bartenders are whipping up all kinds of spins on the classic - so we figured we should too!

In this version, we've swapped out Campari for it's slightly sweeter and less bitter cousin Aperol. But that's not all. We also opted for dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth. And for the gin? We grabbed one of our favorites, Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin is a unique, protected style of gin originating from the city of Plymouth, South West England. Since 1793 it has been distilled from a unique blend of 7 botanicals, soft Dartmoor water and pure grain alcohol at the historic Black Friars Distillery - the oldest working distillery in England. See if you can find another brand of gin that's so good it has its own class of gin!

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
1.5 oz Aperol
1.5 oz dry vermouth


method:

Like the classic Negroni, this cocktail just needs to be stirred with ice. So add the ingredients to your mixing glass, fill with ice and stir until it's cool. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and garnish.