It’s hot as $@&#, right? This type of weather calls for a cocktail. OurLocaltopia has you covered! Gimlets are traditionally made with lime and gin. You can dress up or riff on the gimlet concept with other types of citrus and citrus like flavors. Here, we tried our hand at a Lemon Verbena Gimlet, using the naturally potent, fragrant oils of lemon verbena leaves to complement the lime juice. Farmer Jonathan Duffy Davis was kind enough to supply us with freshly picked lemon verbena, so if you are growing this herb in the yard, half your work is done! (And if you aren’t, it is easy to find at most nurseries and even some grocery stores.) Some folks prefer their gimlets with vodka. Not me, though; gin it to win it! Read on for a photo tutorial and the recipe…
Lemon Verbena Gimlet Cocktail
Lemon Verbena, found in many backyard gardens, has extremely fragrant essential oils and has many culinary applications. Here, we infuse simple syrup with the leaves and add the syrup to a basic and delightful gin gimlet, adding a touch of sophistication.
Makes 1 cocktail
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
¼ cup torn lemon verbena leaves
2 measures dry gin
2 measures club soda
¾ measure lime juice
Lemon verbena sprigs (optional)
Lime wheels (optional)
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Rub torn verbena to bruise; add to pan. Bring sugar mixture to a boil, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.
Combine ¾ measure of the sugar mixture, the gin, soda, and juice. Serve over ice. Garnish with verbena sprigs and lime slices, if desired.