Strawberry-Tarragon Gimlet

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Meet the cocktail that was inspired by a sandwich…  A sandwich I never even ate.  (Someday I’ll make sense, but that day is not today.)

See, I’m a fan of a local cheese shop/deli.  Somewhat masochistically, I read their Facebook updates on what they’re serving for lunch, even though I cannot get there during the day because of dumb logistic reasons.  Occasionally, their lunch creations involve strawberry-tarragon jam.  (…And brie–ugh, told you.  It’s downright painful and I don’t know why I do it to myself.)

So what’s a girl to do?  Oh, I don’t know.  Let’s try pouring gin on strawberries and tarragon.  It’ll be fun–I promise.

A gimlet is one of those truly classic old-school cocktails, consisting of gin and sweetened lime juice.  It’s actually one of the few drinks for which it’s “correct” to use a commercially made mixer–specifically, high fructose corn syrup labeled as sweetened lime juice.

That said, it doesn’t mean we have to go that route to make a gimlet and call it a gimlet–let’s take some liberties, live wildly, and squeeze some fresh lime juice and use real sugar, to make real simple syrup, for one real, killer drink.

I mean, we’re already shaking things up, right?  Gin and lime are classic, but strawberries add a fragrant, light sweetness, not to mention a beautiful vibrant color.  Tarragon is a fairly strong, unique herb–it tastes like licorice, almost.  I think it’s right at home with the other flavors here, and adds a unique dimension to something that otherwise would be just another fruity drink.

And there you have it–a nontraditional, corn syrup-free, pink-red gimlet for spring.  It’s bright, herbal, somewhat sweet and a little thick thanks to the strawberry pulp, but by no means cloying or syrupy.

Enjoy!  Take your new friend outside.

P.S.  If you wanted to or tried to leave a comment on the asparagus/ham salad post, I’m sorry if you couldn’t!  I don’t know why the commenting system decided to be a raving lunatic and either closed comments or tried to make you log in.  I do believe it’s all good now.  I always want to hear from you!  Cheers!

Strawberry-Tarragon Gimlet
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  1. 2-3 ripe strawberries
  2. 1 sprig fresh tarragon
  3. 1/2 oz simple syrup
  4. 1 oz fresh lime juice
  5. 2 oz gin
  6. Ice
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries and tarragon with the simple syrup. Add a handful of ice, along with the lime juice and gin, cover and shake well. Strain into a martini, coupe or lowball glass. Garnish as desired with tarragon and/or strawberries.
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  1. says

    So I truly believe that strawberries are the best fruit God created, and that no good cocktail is complete without lime. So then, one might find herself asking, “is there any finer combination to be had in a cocktail?” There is but one action to take: I must try it.

  2. says

    I can’t really comment on the recipe because I don’t drink*, but I am ALL OVER the strawberry-tarragon-brie sandwich bliss you mentioned. Do they happen to deliver to LA?

    *I wasn’t going to confess this but I figure if we’re dropping truth bombs, it’s time to get this one out there. Also, I don’t know how to pronounce your first name. #secretshame

    • Danguole says

      If they don’t deliver sandwiches to Carson City, but do to LA, Imma be real mad! I’m thinking that I/you/we just need to make it ourselves. I think it also involves chicken, which I can take or leave, honestly.

      It’s funny that you think your not drinking is somehow as shocking as my never having seen Princess Bride… Haha. I kind of had a feeling you didn’t, and I assure you we can still be friends! And my name sort of rhymes with Odwalla, if that helps? We’ll work on it when (not if!) we get to hang out for realsies.

      • says

        Both of those things have been weighing on my soul, Jean Valjean-style. I think our meetup would be 80% eating, 15% movie and tv show quoting (we could throw some books in too if we wanted to feel smart), 3% instagramming, and 2% me forcing you to watch Princess Bride. Sounds amazing, right?!


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