Gimlets


Pour 6 ounce of the vodka into a glass and save for another use. Add 6 ounces of sweetened lime juice to the bottle of vodka. Shake. Place in the freezer until completely chilled – at least 6 hours. Serve straight up or on ice.

I’m writing you today from a leather recliner. Garrett and I are sitting on the 12th floor of a downtown Boise condo complex. Out the window I can see the capitol and beyond it brown hills. There’s a glass of iced tea and a gimlet between us. We’re “sharing” them. By the time you read this, Garrett and I will be back in Bellevue. Hopefully he’ll have long since forgotten I’m helping him drink his half of the gimlet too.

The gimlet is a concoction Gramps keeps in the freezer. It’s only this year I learned he read about the sweetened lime-vodka mixture from a Stuart Woods novel. It’s a fact that makes me like the bright acidic libation even more. I may not be a vodka gal, but a gimlet is right up my alley.

Gimlets. Vodka and sweetened lime juice create one heck of a tasty drink

It’s quiet moments like this when I think about Gavey, my grandmother on my mother’s side. She would have liked Gran and Gramps. She would have enjoyed having cocktails with them. I can see her thinking gimlets are an ideal dressing drink. Like a stiff martini, they’re the kind of thing which you can hold smiling while you twirl in front of a mirror.

She would have liked the way Gran listens to conversations, mentally tracking details and asking thoughtful questions. She would have found Gramps’ passion for novels in line with her own. I can picture them swapping stories of European travels and comparing notes on the merits of comfortable walking shoes.

Making gimlets with Smirnoff makes knowing proportions simple

Who would have thought I’d marry a man and get grandparents? (And gimlets, let’s not forget the gimlets.)

It really was quite the bargain. Now if you’ll excuse me, “we” are in need of a refill.

 

Gimlets

These are made with a 1:3 sweetened lime juice to vodka ratio. It’s easiest to make them with a fifth of Smirnoff (as recommended below). However, you could make it with any vodka of your choice.

1 fifth Smirnoff
6 ounces sweetened lime juice

Pour 6 ounce of the vodka into a glass and save for another use. (If you’re using a fifth of Smirnoff, the top of the large label marks six ounces.)

Add 6 ounces of sweetened lime juice to the bottle of vodka. Shake. Place in the freezer until completely chilled – at least 6 hours. Serve straight up or on ice.

 

 
 






About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.

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