At Wedding Yurts, we’re well known for the seasonal cocktails that we serve at our weddings throughout the summer season. We love mixing up unique drinks for our couples in our Yurt Bar and we really love using the best local ingredients we can find. All that said, we don’t believe cocktails should only be drunk in the summer so this winter we’ve shaken up a winter gimlet. And, to help you enjoy a festive tipple with a twist, here’s all you need to know to make your own…
Let’s start with the background to the drink in question. A gimlet is, quite simply, a 1920s style Martini made with gin and lime juice however, as you’ll see, I’ve added a couple of ingredients to the traditional recipe to spice things up!
My inspiration for this gin-based cocktail is the newly launched Apple Gin from Thatchers. We’re always on the look out for locally made drinks and this one caught my attention when I was dreaming up this spicy winter drink.
This gin is a really delicious combination of botanicals including juniper, coriander, lavender, macadamia nuts, buttercup, Seville orange and the zest of tangy lemon and limes, to compliment this list of wonderful ingredients I decided to make a syrup with cardamom and rose, it smells and tastes as gorgeous as it sounds and it looks super pretty.
So, on to the Winter Spice Gimlet itself. It’s a refreshing alternative to all the rich and sweet treats we can’t (or won’t) avoid during the festive period. The unusual, and key, ingredient in this cocktail of ours is fresh green chilli! This gives the drink a little kick and warms it up with a lovely light tang.
The overall combination of bitter gin, sweet florals and spicy syrup with a kick of sour limes creates a really balanced drink and my goodness, it’s suitable for any soiree, especially when it’s mixed up with lots of delicate flowers. It’s a real Christmas present for sure.
Now you’ve already fallen for our Winter Spice Gimlet, you’ll want to know how to make it so here are all the details you need:
- Prepare your rose and cardamom syrup in advance – to make this simply heat up 125ml of water, add 100g of sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon of dried rose petals and 1 heaped teaspoon of cardamom pods that you’ve crushed with a pestle and mortar. Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer it for one minute before taking it off the heat to cool it down.
- Prepare your ice cubes in advance – make these as usual, ideally with bottled water. Sprinkle some with rose petals and then freeze.
Now you can move on to mixing the cocktail itself:
- Add a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker and a pop a few cubes into your glass to chill it down.
- Add 1 x 50ml shot of gin.
- 1 x 30ml shot of your syrup.
- 1 x 30ml measure of freshly squeezed lime juice and half a teaspoon of chopped green chilli.
- Pop the lid on your shaker and shake vigorously.
- Now your glass is chilled, empty out the ice cubes and pour in your cocktail.
- Top up the glass with a dash of sparkling apple wine.
- Decorate your drink with your rose petal ice cubes and, for a final flourish, add a little slice of radish. I’ve used beautiful melon radishes in my cocktails and they give the perfect pop of colour!
In fact, why wait for Christmas or the New Year for this mouth-tingling treat? Mix yourself a Winter Spice Gimlet to celebrate the Winter Solstice and have a truly wonderful day.
If you’d like to find out more about our Yurt Bar or if you’d like us to bring our yurts and our encyclopedic knowledge of weddings, including cocktails, to your wedding, do get in touch. We’re now taking bookings for 2018 and we’d love to hear from you!
Solstice wishes and a very merry Christmas!
Styling and props – Lizzie Jones
Photography – Katrina Bartlam