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Classic Gimlet Recipe with Honey and Sage

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

When I was in college my father introduced me to the delicious beauty of a gin and tonic, and it quickly became my go-to cocktail, especially in the heat of summer. I’d come home from a long day working my summer internship and we’d convene on the back deck with a cocktail each, feet propped up as the day melted into night. It wasn’t until several years later that I met the gimlet, which is arguably the gin and tonic’s older, slightly more sophisticated cousin. It’s traditionally made with sweetened lime juice, gin and soda water, but occasionally makes an appearance with fresh sage or even basil. This gimlet recipe is a version that I love! It uses fresh lime juice sweetened with a bit of honey and sage to give it a delicious balance. It is simple and refreshing in the way that good summer cocktails are. Much like the vodka martini with a twist, this is a good one to have in your repertoire!

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • Honey to taste
  • 2 – 3 fresh sage leaves
  • Soda water
  • Lime wedge to garnish

Fill a cocktail glass with ice, then pinch/bruise sage leaves before adding to release the oils. Add gin and lime juice, then a drizzle of honey to sweeten to your liking. Stir well to combine Alternately, add all of the above to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously before pouring into the cocktail glass. Top with soda water, garnish with a wedge of lime then just sip and enjoy! You officially have summer in a glass.

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Charity/ Teaselwood Design

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

This post has me craving a gimlet. Yum - I love that our honeypot is in these fabulous photos. Cheers

Cyd Converse

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

Thanks, Charity! XOXO

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Wednesday 13th of July 2016

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Rodney McDowell

Tuesday 12th of July 2016

Beautiful imagery! I'm not a big gimlet fan, but looking at these pictures got my mouth all wet. I'll surely give it a try tonight. :)

Tia Welch

Monday 11th of July 2016

Very tasty summer cocktail. It's perfect for the beach or for a garden party. :)

Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling

Friday 8th of July 2016

You have made me so so happy. How I didn't already know about this drink, I'm not sure... ordering one tonight!!!

Cyd Converse

Tuesday 12th of July 2016

Amy, did you order one?! I hope you loved it!