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
- 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.)
- Add ice and top with soda, as needed.
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