There’s a new kid on the (chopping) block! Well, marble slab if we’re going for accuracy. This beauty of a bottle contains our family favorite when it comes to liquor: gin! Gin and tonics have always been the drink of choice at family events, and we love the nautical spin Nautical American Gin has taken with their recipe. Nautical American Gin hails from New Hampshire and launched in 2015. They’ve sponsored this post and a gimlet competition that we’re participating in. We will let you know how you can vote for your favorite version through the month of February by updating this post and our Instagram and Facebook!
Nautical has included 15 unique (and global!) ingredients to round out the flavor of their gin, which is made in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. We don’t dare call ourselves experts… so for those of you interested in a more technical critique of the product read this! Where we do feel comfortable throwing our say around is with the design of the bottle and brand. 1. we love this color. 2. we love adventure/exploration- which Nautical has really made a pillar of the brand. 3. anybody else notice the lovely touch of Morse Code on the bottle? So salty. Mmm mmm mmm!
For this post, we’re departing from our standby g+t to try out a different spin on another gin classic- the Gimlet. Traditionally speaking a gimlet is really straight forward: gin, lime, simple syrup. We’ve played with the simple syrup to imbibe a bit of Maine via maple syrup and a touch of herby earth with some fresh rosemary. The rosemary, in our opinion, compliments the flavors of the gin nicely and the maple sings next to the lime. To try it out for your 21+ year old selves, see the recipe below!
- Maple Syrup (we used Maine maple syrup… we hear Vermont has some tasty stuff too!)
- Fresh Rosemary
- Nautical Gin
- Lime Juice (fresh squeeezed is preferable!) and a slice for garnish
- Seltzer Water (optional)
To make the maple simple syrup combine in a small to medium saucepan equal parts water and maple syrup and a sprig of fresh rosemary. This is really to your personal preference… if you like a strong earthy/herb note throw in an extra sprig! We’re not very scientific over here. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let steep 10 or so minutes. Blair forgot about it while she ate her Annie’s Mac ‘n Cheese so it got a good 20 minute rest. Again, not rocket science! Remove the rosemary and take a moment to enjoy the heavenly scent of the maple soaked sprig. Discard… preferably via compost (plug for mother nature!).
Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temp get your cocktail shaker out! Fill it with ice then add in 3 parts Nautical gin, 3 parts fresh squeezed lime juice and 2 parts maple rosemary simple syrup. We tried 1 part of the syrup at first, but we aren’t strong enough to handle the strength of the lime… so we tossed in an extra splash of sweetness to offset. Try a mini version and adjust to your tastes! Then, have a little solo dance party and shake that baby up! If your shaker is metal your hands will get ever so slightly cold. We promise, it’s worth it!
Pour into your gimlet glass, or any container without holes (this is what we did!). Finish with a pretty slice or wedge of lime (not that you’ll need the extra flavor!) and a mini sprig of rosemary. This is mainly for outward appearances, but it makes for a nice olafactory experience, too… especially if you take a rosemary leaf up the nose. Not that that happens(ed)…
We hope you have as much fun making and enjoying this drink as we did at 10:00 in the morning! Gotta get that winter sunlight when it’s best for the photos! Work can be so hard sometimes.
Happy sipping! Blair + Hayley