Hi from Miami! This was my drink of the week before heading down Alligator Alley to visit family this weekend, which started with a surprise Lila pick-up after school. Those are the best. She spots me and in her surprise runs over yelling my name and crashes into me with a big hug. Like I said, the best.
For this drink we used a dry London-style gin. Save the Hendrick’s for a drink where it’s herbal notes will get more attention. This cocktail reminds me of limonada I’ve sipped in Santo Domingo, which of course is made with limes. For some reason, you don’t really see yellow lemons in Latin American countries, homes, or grocery stores. Limón means lemon but it was always the green little citrus.
Use 2 to 3 limes for this one, depending on how juicy yours are. You can strain the juice to remove some pulp, but I didn’t mind it and left it all in.
Traditional gimlets use bottled sweetened lime juice, but I like this version with fresh lime juice. The flavor is intense and much more refreshing. If your limes aren’t giving up much juice, go for three of them. Best thing is this recipe makes enough to serve two.
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
zest of 1/2 lime
juice of 2 limes, or 3 if they’re not giving much juice
1/2 cup gin
Combine water, sugar, and lime zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer for a few minutes, and whisk constantly just until the sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat and let rest until it cools off. Remove the zest and the lime juice.
Combine the lime simple syrup and the gin. Divide between two short glasses and fill with ice. Serve each drink with a lime wedge.
Makes 2 drinks. Recipe from The Kitchn