ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE LEMONGRASS GIMLET

ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE LEMONGRASS GIMLET Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Are you suffering from a general feeling of physical or emotional torpor? Do you feel sluggish? Is your mouth dry? Do you find yourself too pooped to sift through the sand under which you’ve buried your loot?

Avast, and brace yourself! If you answered, “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you might (but probably don’t) have a case of the scurvy.

Lucky for you, there’s an old pirate’s (née, sailor’s) remedy: you need a dose of Vitamin C! And as any sailor worth his shiny brass knows, the best way to take his (or her) vitamins is to cut it with some alcohol.

In fact, legend has it that one such cocktail was invented solely to treat those pirates and sailors during their long voyages abroad. And today, that cocktail looks and tastes an awful lot like a Gimlet.

A Gimlet’s main ingredients are Vodka (or gin) and freshly squeezed Lime Juice. But ours goes a little more homeopathic that your average gimlet.

To wit: We use locally distilled Indio Spirits Lemongrass Vodka (the lemongrass relaxes the sinuses and helps to cure your headaches and coughs), a Bittersweet Vermouth from Imbue Cellars, (to stimulate your appetite) and, of course, lime juice, for that dose of Vitamin C.

After that, it’s shaken altogether, served up and garnished with a skewered lime twist stuffed with shredded candied lemon zest.

It’s tart, like a proper agua fresca, and without a trace of sweetness. One sip, and you’ll have your sea legs back before you know it.