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Carol Kicinski
This cocktail is a unique and fun way to celebrate the New Year!

Ring in the New Year with a fun and unique drink

Author Byline Image   Reportedly, back in the day, British Naval officers were ordered to drink lime juice on voyages to prevent scurvy. Unfortunately, lime juice does not keep well on long voyages, so a Royal Navy Admiral named Gimlette figured out how to preserve the lime juice in gin and the concoction was prescribed daily to the lucky sailors. Now, I am not exactly sure what scurvy is but I am fairly certain that it is not something I want and if I have to drink gin and lime juice to keep from getting it, well, so be it.
   Anyway, a while later a guy named Rose came along and figured out how to preserve lime juice in a sugary solution instead of alcohol and he ruined all the fun those Navy sailors were having out there at sea. But those sailors had acquired a taste for gin with their lime juice and so the
Gluten-Free Ginebra Gimlet
Serves 1
2 ounces gin
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce organic blue agave
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup ice
Piece of lime zest for garnish
   Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds or until really cold, strain into a martini glass straight up or in a glass over ice if you prefer your cocktails on the rocks. Serve with lime zest for garnish.
Gimlet was born. Technically, a Gimlet is nothing more than gin and lime juice.
   Well, my Gimlet is anything but technically correct, but it is quite an amazing little cocktail that is perfect for a New Year’s Eve cocktail party. The inspiration for this drink is Spain (thus the name – “gin” in Spanish is “ginebra”). The Spanish are really into their gin drinks – in fact the gin and tonic has become a bit of a national obsession. Barcelona and Madrid are flooded with bars that do nothing but serve gin drinks, many of which are infused with all sorts of things such as peppercorns, ginger, and herbs.
   I decided to make a gimlet with just good
gin (I like Hendricks), lime juice (from a lime, not a bottle), and some organic agave. To give it a little kick and a nod to those gin-loving Spaniards, I also threw in some smoked paprika. Oh, my! What a good idea that paprika was. It gave the drink this subtle smokiness with just a tiny hint of heat in the background that balanced ever so nicely with the citrus and agave. For more heat, you could certainly add a touch of cayenne pepper.
   This cocktail goes really nicely with tapas in case you are looking for something a bit different to serve at your New Year’s Eve cocktail party! Enjoy, and happy New Year!