This Raspberry Gimlet is a refreshing, seasonal twist on the classic gin-based cocktail. Raspberry infused gin is mixed with fresh lime juice and served chilled for a beautiful, straightforward cordial.
I have long since come to terms with the fact that life in Arizona is quite different than anywhere else in the country. Or more specifically the weather. We wear shorts during the holidays when most of the country is bundled up inside, and our electric bill finally starts to descend into manageable amounts when we turn the A/C off in October.
During the summer months, we experience what I like to call Arizona winter. From late May until October it feels like we are mostly sequestered indoors trying to beat the insurmountable heat. And when you do go out, be sure to bring a sweater because I can guarantee the air conditioning with be set to an arctic blast no matter where you go!
So what does all that have to do with a Raspberry Gimlet? A lot because the casa crew spent months cooped up binge watching our favorite shows and this drink was inspired by a scene from Mad Men, one of my all time faves!
There is something about watching Don Draper that gets my creative juices flowing, especially when it comes to cocktail creations. If you have ever watched the show, you probably get what I mean. Their office is a walk-in liquor cabinet and someone almost always has a drink in hand.
Raspberry Gimlet: A Gin-Based Cocktail
If you follow my recipes on SoFabFood, you know I love to add seasonal ingredients to my cocktails, like this tasty Blood Orange Negroni. Infusing liquor is a great way to incorporate fresh flavors into your favorite drinks. Plus it is so easy to do.
For the raspberry gin, I simply dropped a handful of clean berries into a jar of gin and walked away. That was it.
Berries don’t need much time to infuse, 1-3 days, while fresh or dried herbs will need a little more time to get their flavor on, about a week. Spices like peppercorns, star anise, and cinnamon sticks can stay in with your booze much longer, up to several weeks for more intense flavor. I have even added crushed coffee beans to whiskey!
The flavor combos are infinite, plus you have control over your ingredients unlike commercially infused liquors which can have more sugar than you would expect, or want. Speaking of sugar, this Raspberry Gimlet recipe calls for a simple syrup which is made from equal parts sugar and water. Add them to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil until sugar dissolves. Cool completely then get your cocktail on!
- 2 ounces raspberry gin
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass.
- Garnish with frozen raspberries, serve immediately.
Home Chef Tip: Store your infusions in a cool, dry place and shake every few days. Strain ingredients from liquor once desire flavor has been achieved.
We hope you love this Raspberry Gimlet: A Gin-Based Cocktail recipe from SoFabFood Contributor, Loriann from Thyme for Cocktails, as much as we do. If you enjoyed this seasonal drink recipe, be sure to find more like it in our Cocktails section. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!
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