Sometimes, you just want a little cocktail, but only have a few things in the fridge or pantry. This is perfect drink for those times. We seem to almost always have a lime or a knob of ginger lying around as I’m always making Asian noodles of one sort or another. Tried and true, this is a gimlet with just a little twist. It’s extra delicious with OYO Vodka. But then again, just about everything is better with a little OYO Vodka.
Candied Ginger Gimlet, makes one
3 ounces vodka, use OYO if you can find it
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce ginger simple syrup
For the candied ginger simple syrup:
In a nonstick pan, take a thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and diced, and throw it in with a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of water. Heat it until it becomes extremely syrupy, and add it to your simple syrup (1/2 c sugar, 1/2 water, brought to a boil, simmered for a moment or two and allowed to cool). Let it infuse for as long as you like, but try to give it at least 15 minutes. Strain.
For the cocktail:
In a shaker with crushed ice, combine all ingredients, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with ginger and lime.
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