2021 Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 16 – Tangerine Gimlet. This bright and citrusy gin gimlet tastes like sunshine in a glass. The citrus peels in the botanical blend of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin are accentuated with freshly squeezed tangerine juice and lime clementine cordial.
While tangerines are in season at the moment, they can sometimes be hard to come by. If you’re struggling to locate tangerines, clementines are a perfectly delectable stand-in.
This post is sponsored by The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.
In this cocktail, I’m applying The Botanist Islay Dry Gin in a completely different application from that used in the Rosemary Martini from Day 1 of the 2021 Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar. Where the martini celebrated the herbal freshness of this London Dry style gin, this gimlet highlights the sweet citrus notes. The Botanist is uniquely versatile as its distilled with 22 hand-foraged botanicals from the Isle of Islay – giving it a unique sense of place.
When nosing The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, you’ll be met immediately by a bouquet of herbal freshness, juniper and sweet citrus come to the fore. Give it a little time to open, and you’ll unearth the sweet, spicy and earthy notes of cassia and coriander set a base for the delicate complexity of the blend of the 22 hand-foraged botanicals distilled in The Botanist. Through the heart of the spirit, you’ll find the balance of those 22 botanicals winding their wild aromas of mint, thyme, sweet gale, gorse, chamomile, offering a green freshness.
To taste, it’s rich and mellow, cool on entry, then warming across the palate, stimulating the taste buds with a round mouthfeel and citrus freshness. The balance and complexity are distinctive, with sweet and earthy notes combining with delicate floral and herbal notes of the Islay 22. Each sip reveals deeper layers and more complex combinations of delicate flavours. This complexity and versatility perfectly suit a creative serve like this Tangerine Gimlet.
Head over to the Rosemary Martini blog post for more detail on the unique and hand-crafted care that goes into every bottle of The Botanist and join me on my Instagram Stories tonight at 5 pm for a step-by-step walk-through on how to shake up this tasty Tangerine Gimlet.
- 1½ oz The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
- 1 oz tangerine juice
- ½ oz lime juice
- ¾ oz lime clementine cordial
- Garnish: dried citrus wheel
- 8 limes peeled and juiced (approx. 4 oz lime juice)
- 4 clementines peeled and juiced (approx. 4 oz clementine juice)
- 2- inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 6 cracked cardamom pods
- 1-2 Thai chilies diced
- 1½ cups sugar
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with a dried citrus wheel (such as blood orange or tangerine).
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan (including all citrus peels) over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring to make sure the ingredients blend together.
Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for about 20 minutes until syrup is slightly thickened.
Cool to room temperature and strain off solids.
Carefully strain the whole ingredients out of the syrup. Once cool enough to handle, store the lime clementine cordial in a swing top bottle or mason jar and keep in the fridge. Syrup will keep for at least 3 weeks.