Confession: Years ago if you had asked me what my least favorite spirit was, I probably would have answered, “gin.” But to be fair, I really hadn’t tried very many brands of gin, nor had I really tried very many cocktails with it. When I first started drinking (now over a decade ago, ha), I think the first few times I tried anything with gin, it was a very cheap brand and in a very stiff martini. And it was not exactly the best first impression for someone just learning what they liked. So for years after that, me and gin just didn’t cross paths all that often.
Some years ago though, this changed. It first started when I really fell for Negronis. I still love this classic drink, although I tend to order or make a Negroni more often when the weather is cold. I don’t know why exactly. Probably because my bitter (but sweet drink) of choice in the summer is usually an Aperol Spritz. I digress.
Gin found its way back into my life—the gateway being my love of Negronis. And in spring, summer, fall, or winter, probably my favorite gin cocktail has to be a gimlet. Not only does it have a fun and sort of spunky name, this cocktail is completely refreshing as well as delicious. It’s very similar to a daiquiri and there are endless way you can change up the flavors slightly if you like variety. But it’s for sure one of those tasty and super easy drinks that any at-home cocktail maker should know how to whip up.
And speaking of gin, be sure to use a quality one here. Like most simple cocktails with few ingredients, the quality of the spirt you use will really show. I have been loving Meadowview Gin ever since trying it a few months ago. It’s a good one, so if you can find this in your area I recommend it. I am also a sucker for pretty branding, and bonus points as it’s distilled and bottled in Missouri (my home state).
The version I make at home is very simple—see below. You can absolutely buy simple syrup, but if you want to make your own, here’s an easy version. Simply combine equal parts water and sugar in a pot over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved (do not allow the mixture to get so hot it boils). Cool and use as needed, you can store and refrigerate as well so you can easily make a larger batch to use for months at a time. Cheers! – Emma
- 2 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
- 3/4 ounces simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker combine all three ingredients with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Or you can combine all the ingredients, stir, and serve over ice.
Add a sprig of rosemary or mint leaf for garnish and to add a little aroma if you have it, otherwise a lime wedge is a great garnish as well.
You can swap out the gin for vodka if you want a vodka gimlet instead.