Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Felicia recently found herself sitting at her kitchen table surrounded by Christmas cookies, egg nog, figgy pudding, fruit cakes and other such rich, calorie-laden temptations. However, her own craving was for something tart and tangy, so she pulled the gin out of the freezer to fix herself a gimlet. In the late 1800’s, the gimlet was created by some smart chap in the British Royal Navy, around the time that sailors were mandated to drink lime juice daily to prevent scurvy. Some say that a navy surgeon, Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette, persuaded the sailors too drink their lime juice by mixing it with gin. Others think the drink is named for the corkscrew-like device called a gimlet which was used to bore holes in the lime juice barrels. Whatever the exact origin, the gimlet is a simple, crisp and potent drink with a touch of sweetness that will leave your taste buds and your spirits tingling.
2 ounces Plymouth gin
¼ ounce Roses lime juice
Pour gin and lime juice into a shaker with ice. Stir, don’t shake, the concoction. Strain into a chilled martini glass and sip blissfully, daydreaming of riding the waves in the high seas on a sunny day, scurvy-free.