The gimlet is one of those drinks that we turn to when we are in the mood for something tart. Full of fresh squeezed lime and gin, the gimlet is a classic in its base state, but simply adding fresh fruit, infusions or herbs can take the basic gimlet and make it really shine. A good example of this was one of our favorite versions, The Raspberry Gimlet, which just added raspberry to the base gimlet to create a whole new flavor. With the gimlet as the starting point and a batch of fresh cucumbers from our garden and some fresh blueberries from Michigan it only seemed right that we try to combine the two as they work so well together.
This version of the gimlet is a perfect drink for the dog days of summer, combining the sweetness from the blueberries with the crisp coolness of the cucumber. Fresh squeezed lime brings a refreshing tartness that helps cut the heat. A muddled mint leaves and a final float of mint provide an aromatic coolness that finishes the drink with a fragrant freshness. A lot of gimlet recipes will call for the use of Rose’s Lime, but we really prefer the bright citrus tartness that fresh squeezed limes provide. While you can use other brands of gin, we would recommend Hendrick’s Gin as Hendrick’s is infused with cucumber and rose, which really adds a depth to the drink that other gins might not.
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1.25 oz simple syrup
- 1 small cucumber
- 4 oz blueberries
- 1 sprig of mint
- Peel and slice cucumber and chop into small chunks.
- Place blueberries, 4 oz of chopped cucumber, 3-4 leaves of mint and simple syrup into the bottom of a shaker.
- Muddle until cucumber and blueberries are fully crushed.
- Add the gin and ice to the shaker.
- Shake until fully chilled (around 30 seconds)
- Double strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass.
- Garnish with mint leaves.