CUCUMBER LEMON BALM GIMLET

RECIPES
TIME TO MAKE:

8 MIN

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The first recipe for the basic gimlet appears as early as 1852, which no joke, was for a prescription to cure cholera. Dr. Goodeve Chuckerbutty’s patients were to mix gin, sugar, water, and lime juice every four hours until cured.

The drink was ultimately made popular when it appeared in Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel “The Long Goodbye.”A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else.” We beg to differ, Mr. Chandler!

Here’s our refreshingly minty take on the gimlet.

 

INGREDIENTS

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

  • 2-inch slice of peeled cucumber (chopped into half moons)
  • Cucumber peel (for garnish)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 cup ounces gin

Cucumber Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup of Lemon Balm leaves
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water

MADE WITH

LEMON BALM

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil, ensuring the sugar is dissolved. 
  2. Add a cup of mint leaves and steep the mixture for up to one hour.
  3. Strain and discard any mint.
  4. Fill a shaker with ice and pour 1 1/2 ounces of simple syrup, gin, and lime juice.
  5. Shake vigorously, and strain into a glass. 
  6. Serve with a mint leaf and cucumber peel.