Thursday, July 7, 2016
A Pimm's-St. Germain-Gin Cocktail
I discovered this delicious cocktail at the French bistro-style bar in our city's newest hotel. It's an absolutely lovely drink, and when I exclaimed over how much I liked it, the bartender generously shared the recipe with me! Of course, I had neither Pimm's nor St. Germain in what I thought was my well-stocked home bar, so a trip to the liquor store was in order -- two stores, in fact, as the first didn't have Pimm's in stock! But I was a woman on a mission, and two liquor stores later I had the makings for this special cocktail.
We had friends over for dinner on the 4th of July and I made this cocktail for both Amy and myself. It contains a fair amount of liquor, so it has a good kick to it. I must say, it's my new favorite.
1-1/2 oz. Pimm's
3/4 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
3/4 oz. gin (I use Tanqueray, but the bartender used Beefeater; either will work nicely)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. homemade simple syrup*
dash of bitters (optional; I omit it)
mint leaf (optional)
Combine all ingredients and stir well, or add to a shaker and shake well. Serve on the rocks and float a mint leaf on top if you wish. I like to use a slow-melting sphere ice ball, which I featured in this post. Cheers!
* To make simple syrup, combine equal parts of water and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar melts. Remove from heat, let cool and refrigerate. For this recipe, I used organic cane sugar from Trader Joe's, which has a slightly brownish cast, making the simple syrup brown (as seen in the photo below in the jar on the right). I think it's even more delicious than regular sugar simple syrup!