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.
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2-3 ripe strawberries
1 sprig fresh tarragon
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz gin
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. Makes 1.