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Herb Gimlet

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Herb Gimlet, a spring cocktail from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
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Herb Gimlet

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes, plus 20 minutes to cool the syrup

Total Time: 37 minutes


Herb Simple Syrup

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

1 tablespoon tarragon leaves

1 tablespoon lemon thyme

1 tablespoon lemon zest


2 ounces gin

1 ounce lime juice

¾ ounce herb simple syrup

2 dashes celery bitters

Fried tarragon leaves (optional)


1. Make the herb simple syrup: Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar fully dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and add to it the herbs and lemon zest. Transfer the syrup to a bowl. Place it in the fridge, uncovered, until it the syrup cools.  Once the syrup has cooled, pass it through a fine strainer. It will hold for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

2. Make the gimlet: Add all ingredients to a shaker. Fill the shaker completely with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.  Garnish with fried tarragon leaves (optional).

BONUS TIP: You'll definitely have some herb simple syrup leftover. You can drizzle it in lemonade, or toss it with fresh berries and serve over ice cream.

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