Monday, July 14, 2008

July? Really? Not just that, but halfway through July? Well all right then. I don't feel like that's quite fair that all these nice sunny days just rush on by me but how's a girl to slow them?
Ahh, wait, I know.
My front porch. My man. And my sister. And one of these...

Wow, oh wow. Could there BE a more perfect summer drink? Sugar, mint and tangy lime. Welcome, Richmond Gimlet.
When the hot weather hit and I got a hankering for one of these lovelies, my requests were met with blank stares from local bartenders. So I turned to my best friend Google. To my surprise, the links kept pointing me back to dear, old Eugene. If what they claim is true, the drink was created by a brilliant Eugenian named Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Oh, I like that man. But he's not here. And I can't let the West Coast hog something this simply perfect. I'm bringing it East. I'm braving the heat to boil batches of simple syrup. I've got an overflowing planter full of mint on my porch, and the fireflies are just going crazy these nights. And the best way to enjoy both mint and fireflies is, as mentioned, my porch, my man, my sister, and a Richmond Gimlet.

2 oz Tanqueray No. 10 gin
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
A few sprigs of mint
Shake ingredients well over ice and strain into a chilled, sugar rimmed cocktail glass.


Dad said... me crazy, but I might even try it. Promise it won't taste like medicine?

Sarah said...

Oh yeah. You'll love it.

Bella Art Girl said...

i love me a good gimlet!!

Trespasser said...

Come to think of it, Eugene is the only place I've ever had the Richmond. I think it might have been the first cocktail I ever tried.

meg said...

i am mad! I've never heard of a Richmond....this is a must try in my book. mint? my favorite. gin? his favorite. sugar? only allowed on saturdays...guess we know what I'll be doing on saturday.
Thanks for the recipe!

Melanie said...

I can testify - this is yummy!!

Speaking of summer drinks - does a Bertha take vanilla syrup or just simple syrup?

Valerie said...

Bertha takes Vanilla, it just isn't the same with Simple syrup. Oh, and hey Mel, I need your address, or the date that you and your man are planning on coming to Annapolis again. Your specially ordered chocolate is in.