Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Lime Cocktail

Do you ever buy an ingredient at the store with no particular recipe in mind but it's just too good a deal to pass up?  That was the case for me with a big bag of limes that as of today have been in the fridge for two weeks now.  I knew I just had to do something with at least of few of them and the lightbulb went off - Cocktails!

Off to the trusty Playboy's Bartenders Guidebook I went and I found an old fashioned sounding drink called a vodka gimlet.  It is made with three simple components; the lime juice, the vodka and simple syrup.  Simple syrup is a mainstay in bars and it consists of 1 part sugar to 1 equal part water, heated until the sugar dissolves completely and then chilled.  This will stay in the fridge for a very long time.  

The gimlet was delightful.  Very limey with just the nicest hint of sweetness and of course, the nice neutral kick of the vodka.  Now what to do with the other limes??
Vodka Gimlet
(This recipe can be made in any quantity by just following the ratios of ingredients listed)

4 parts vodka
2 parts lime juice
1 part simple syrup

Put all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake for 30 or 40 times until well chilled and then pour into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy.


KandN said...

Hmmm, maybe the happy hour group has been going about this wrong ... we should be making a date to come to YOUR house!! :>)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

With the kind of week I've had, I could use TWO of these! Love limes and hubs and I enjoy our Friday Happy Hour. Cheers!

Big Sis said...

Make Lime curd with the other limes.

Cupy Cakey said...

That cocktail looks like something I would love to have right about now!! There's something so pretty bout a martini glass.

whack patti said...

What to do with the other limes? Throw them out, old woman, they have been in your "ice box" for over two weeks!

Anonymous said...

i understand that you have already found a use for your excess limes but if you have this problem in the future try marinading fresh halibut in lime juice, ginger and gin (sea salt to taste when cooking). you should be careful not to marinade the halibut too long or it may become mushy. solved our excess lime problem ( we never have excess gin)