This Mint Gimlet Cocktail is an easy drink to make at home. Made with gin, a fresh mint simple syrup, and lime juice. Gluten-free, vegan.
It’s been a strange week to say the least. Our new normals are shifting, but separately together we can weather this storm.
I always have felt it is a healthy thing to have something to look forward to. Big or small, that something helps forward movement, forward thinking, and mood. It is a trick I use regularly, particularly in times of increased stress or anxiety.
In the last few days I’ve seen lots of “talk” about virtual happy hours with coworkers, friends, and family. To make a cocktail and chat through FaceTime or video chat with those that you’re missing seems like a pretty good idea to me.
So, let’s make a drink.
Mint Gimlet Cocktail Ingredients
The gimlet has an interesting history when it comes to health-related issues. It originates from the use of gin and lime juice by the British Royal Navy in the late 19th century to help prevent sailors from getting scurvy.
Now, while this mint gimlet cocktail won’t heal any of our current health needs, its simplicity makes it an easy and delicious happy hour option. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh mint
- Organic cane sugar
- Fresh lime juice
The simple syrup in this recipe is made by infusing mint into your organic cane sugar and water mixture. I like this for multiple reasons.
The simple syrup recipe makes enough for multiple cocktails. You don’t have to worry about keeping mint fresh for when you want it. It’s minty goodness is right there in the syrup. The mint simple syrup also lends itself to other cocktails like mint juleps or rum drinks.
Organic cane sugar
While sugar is sugar, organic cane sugar is processed differently than conventional white sugar. Forgoing any filtering through bone char or use of manmade chemicals, organic cane sugar is an option for vegan diets and an overall less refined sugar option.
I prefer to use London Dry gin for this gimlet, but use what you have on hand. Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, and Beefeater are all good options.
Juice from fresh limes really makes this gin mint gimlet. If you don’t have extra mint to garnish your drink, a lime wheel would work nicely.
More Cocktail Recipes
Mint Gimlet Cocktail
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup fresh mint
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce mint simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Mint Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan, add organic cane sugar and water. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low, stirring often until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add mint. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes, then strain simple syrup into an airtight jar or container. Store in the refrigerator.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker followed by the gin, mint simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake then strain into a chilled cocktail glass or Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with mint.