closeup of an East Indian Gimlet cocktail with a sprig of rosemary for garnish and a trio of pumpkins in the background

The East Indian Gimlet Cocktail

A gin cocktail for the winter months

We’re always looking for new ways to use the aphrodisiac of ginger in our cooking. So when the makers of Jaisalmer Gin offered us this recipe for a spicy twist on a Gimlet cocktail, we knew immediately that it was a recipe we had to share.

According to The Gin Foundry, the Gimlet’s not so glamorous origins date back to the 19th Century. The mixture of lime juice and gin was drunk by sailors to ward off scurvy. Fortunately, the drink evolved over the centuries into something refreshing and celebratory. And it’s also the base for creativity.

A quick online search will give you dozens of variations on a Gimlet cocktail. A simple lime and gin base welcomes flavoring agents from floral St. Germain to fresh and bitter cucumber. Here, Jaisalmer takes this summer drink into the colder seasons with body temperature warming ginger and the fall-like flavor of rosemary.

As I mentioned, ginger is one of our favorite aphrodisiacs here at Eat Something Sexy. And that’s due largely to ginger’s ability to produce body heat, make the tongue tingle and the cheeks flush. But did you know that rosemary is also an aphrodisiac? And I would be remiss if I didn’t add that gin, depending on the blend of botanicals, can also be a potent aphrodisiac.

The choice of gin for your Gimlet recipe

In the case of Jaisalmer, whose mixologist created this recipe, licorice, coriander, pepper, green tea and juniper round out the list of aphrodisiacs in the blend. Of course, you can always make this Gimlet cocktail using your favorite gin. But if you want to guarantee an aphrodisiac experience, Jaisalmer might be the way to go!

A note on prep

Please note that this cocktail does require a little advanced preparation. You’ll need to make the ginger syrup far enough in advance that it has a chance to chill before you she

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closeup of an East Indian Gimlet cocktail with a sprig of rosemary for garnish and a trio of pumpkins in the background
East Indian Gimlet

This recipe takes the refreshing flavor of a classic summer drink and dresses it up with the flavors of fall, including rosemary and ginger.

Course: aperitif, Cocktalis
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gimlet
Dish Type: Cocktail
Cooking Style: Mixology
Seasonal: autumn, Christmas, Holiday season, Thanksgiving, winter
Ingredient: gin, ginger
Servings: 1 cocktail
  • 1 1/2 oz Jaisalmer Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Ginger Simple Syrup (instructions below)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped peeled ginger
  • 1/4 oz St. Germain
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary for garnish
For the Ginger Simple Syrup
  1. Bring sugar, ginger, and ¾ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.

  2. Remove from heat and let sit 20 minutes.

  3. Strain into a jar, cover, and chill.

For the cocktail
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin, lime juice and ginger syrup.

  2. Shake until well chilled.

  3. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

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