Maple Lime Gimlet

by autumn on March 20, 2012

The secret to kitchen magic is being out of everything you think you need. Nothing good is going to happen until you realize mid-recipe that you don’t have the one and only ingredient you’re sure you can’t do without. When you’re standing on a chair, pulling Christmas sprinkles and pinto beans out of the cupboard, desperate for even a tablespoon more of powdered sugar, you’re ready for the muse.

Thanks to my beloved Sodastream, I recently found my simple syrup stores depleted. Of course, I didn’t realize this until I was mid-gimlet. There was maple syrup; I figured it would do. Turns out, I made something extra delicious completely by accident and I’ve made it on purpose a number of times since. The maple syrup is warm like pancakes and the gin has cool botanicals. At my imaginary cocktail bar, this drink is called the icy-hot.

Maple Lime Gimlet

Yield: 1 gimlet


  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup, preferrably grade b
  • 1 3/4 oz gin
  • soda, as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine maple syrup, lime juice, and gin in a old fashioned glass and stir. (Do not fret over these amounts. I eyeballed them on my jigger.)
  2. Add ice and top with soda, as needed.

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Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara March 21, 2012 at 12:57 am

Sounds delicious. You’re right about necessity as the mother of invention and all that. Would have never put maple syrup and lime together.


2 autumn March 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thanks Sara! I was too surprised at how well it turned out not to share.


3 Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen March 22, 2012 at 2:01 am

I have a Grade B maple syrup problem. And you are an enabler.


4 autumn March 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

Me too! And speaking of enabling… I realized this past weekend how exponentially cheaper it is to buy larger quantities. For example, I usually buy a pint, which is $16, but a gallon (!) is $58, which is SUCH a better deal.


5 Miachel | spiced curiosity February 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Haha, I like your imaginary cocktail bar. What a cool drink! Gin is my spirit of choice, and I always seem to have plenty of limes rolling around the fridge.


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