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I’ve always had a pretty serious dilemma with the Gimlet. On one hand, I’ve never really been in love with fresh lime juice Gimlets. There, I’ve said it. But for me, they’ve always lacked this bracing, bitter, tart edge that a Gimlet made with Lime cordial. Those qualities have always stuck in my head as a sort of yardstick for what a Gimlet should taste and feel like, and fresh lime juice and sugar just don’t quite get the drink all the way there.
On the other hand, ordinary Lime cordial (what you buy in supermarkets) is not a great product really. There’s absolutely nothing natural about it, it’s full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavours, and artificial colours!!! HOWEVER… there are some “weird” qualities that make it very unique. Again, it gives a Gimlet a bracing, bitter, tart edge. It’s just the flavour that isn’t any good.
So, me being me, I had to try to find a way around this and come up with a lime cordial that captured those positive qualities of “Supermarket lime cordial”, but used fresh, natural ingredients. And believe me, I made about dozen batches of pretty bad cordial before I settled on something I could post here.
A lot of bartenders out there adopt the fresh-lime-juice-and-sugar method of making lime cordial. While it’s a really nice idea, fresh lime juice and sugar in no way captures the tartness and bitterness of a proper lime cordial. I still found something missing from those recipes.
I didn’t want this to take a lot of time steeping, or require a bunch of special Cocktail equipment or any of that nonsense: you shouldn’t need to have some sort of chemistry lab to make a freaking syrup. This should feel like you’re baking in your own kitchen, not working as scientist for Oxford University☺.
So in short, here’s what we want to accomplish with our lime cordial:
1. It should have all of the good qualities of Rose’s Lime: sweet, bracingly tart, and slightly bitter.
2. It needs to be made with fresh ingredients, and taste like fresh ingredients.
3. It needs to be easy to make, and quick to whip up. Letting something sit in a Mason jar for six weeks won’t work for us. This recipe takes about five minutes to make.
4. It has to be absolutely delicious.
- 2 limes
- 250 gram of ordinary white sugar
- 50 ml of water
To do this, put the grated zest into a saucepan. Squeeze the juice into a measuring jug – stop when you get to about 75 ml then top it up with water so you have 125ml of liquid in total.
Pour this into your pan with the sugar. Heat very gently, stirring occasionally just until the sugar has dissolved but don’t let it boil. Strain the mixture into a heatproof jug and leave to cool.
Let it rest for couple of days in the fridge, kept in a Tupperware.
Last step very simple: double strain it into a small bottle or jar. (remove the grated lime zest )
The Barguys Gimlet Cocktail Recipe
To make the gimlet, put a martini or coupe glass in the fridge to chill. Pour 50ml of your Barguys homemade lime cordial, 50 ml of your favourite gin you have at home (open your cupboard….) into a jug or tall glass and add half dozen of ice cubes. Stir, until the outside of the container feels very cold.
Strain the mixture into your chilled glass and garnish with a lime twist or edible flower.
The Barguys xx
At the Bar Guys we are 100% committed to helping our clients deliver sustainable events and we are continually looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly for the future of our planet.
Your average bar is an ecological nightmare; from plastic straws and bottle caps to excess water waste and fresh fruit throwaways, the world of mixology is hardly synonymous with being environmentally sustainable.
So what are we going to do to play our part?
Reduce our use of plastic
For a while now you’ll have spotted the paper straw replacing the plastic straw, but who enjoys sipping their beautifully made cocktail through a soggy piece of card? At the Bar Guys we have found some clever alternatives, including the stroodle pasta straw. These clever straws last for up to 1 hour, they are flavourless, biodegradable (wheat + water), edible, vegan and zero-waste.
In another effort to reduce our plastic consumption, we will be using dried lavender sticks in place of plastic cocktail stirrers.
You won’t find disposable cups on any of our bars either. We believe in proper glassware; copper mugs, terracotta pots, china tea cups and anything else that can be taken away, washed and reused. We’ve got some gorgeous table wear, which is not only environmentally friendly but will also add the wow factor to any event. Our china teacups are perfect for a summer party in the garden or a vintage wedding.
Too often empty bottles are thrown in the bin and not properly recycled. We aim to avoid this by refilling existing bottles from large eco pouches/boxes. These produce less waste and a smaller carbon footprint overall than traditional bottles. We will also reuse glasswear to store other ingredients.
Citrus goods such as lemons, limes and oranges are staple bar ingredients used daily for juicing, zesting and garnishes. But in the UK alone an estimated 20-40% of the nation’s fruit and vegetables are already rejected before they reach shops because they do not comply with cosmetic standards, according to data collated by environmental organisation feedback. Where possible, we are replacing fresh fruit with dried fruit, stored in glass jars to eliminate lots of fresh fruit waste. In addition, where we need to use fresh lemons and limes, we’re already collecting all our citrus waste and using it to make our own limoncello – and we’re looking for more opportunities in the future like this to help reduce our waste (and create new tastes!)
Sustainability doesn’t just mean reducing waste, it means reducing the carbon footprint of your business – and this is why we commit to using local produce as much as possible and avoid perishable products that need to be flown in. That’s why we’ve changed our menu, to offer 7 seasonal cocktails, making use of products that are available at the time. By creating 7 sensational cocktails, this also limits our food waste further as we use the same products and ingredients, eliminating left over products and waste. Click here to view our 7 Wonders of the World!
Furthermore, we’d like to make one more commitment. When we need something and it can’t be reused or recycled, we commit too making sure it is 100% biodegradable: from Stroodle’s Pasta Straws to using dried lavender stems as cocktail sticks. The only things we want to leave behind when we are gone are happy memories.
To find out more about our promise to the planet, please take a look at our 7R’s and our seven commitments to delivering sustainable events.
‘Tis the season to be jolly and here at TBG HQ we’re determined to make that happen with our special mulled wine recipe!
Our mulled wine is hugely popular and we are in the process of slow cooking 80 bottles of our secret recipe.
As it’s the season of giving, we thought we’d share the ingredient list with you.
It’s a delicious mix of Merlot, Ruby Port and Cognac slow cooked with cloves, fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice berries, fresh ginger, star anise, bay leaves, clementine juice, mixed peel, citrus zest, raisins, vanilla pod, maple syrup and sugar!
It’s this mix of fabulous ingredients and the slow cooking time that makes our mulled wine the perfect Christmas drink. We believe that this fabulous Christmas cocktail is fit for a King (or a Wise Man). It also makes an ideal gift.
If you’d like to order a bottle (or 4), to help celebrate the festive season then please get in touch!
You’ve got ages until Christmas…unless you’re this year’s Party Planner! The Christmas party is the perfect way to celebrate a successful year, get staff together and allow teams to let their hair down, whilst ensuring it’s the best party yet. So that means a huge amount of responsibility for the party planner, right? Let the Bar Guys take the stress out of your special event with our Christmas party cocktail bar hire packages.
If you’ve been given the task of organising this year’s Christmas party, we understand the pressure you’re under. From the caterers doing a no-show to worrying you’ve got the correct allergen list to fretting that the bar service you selected online will turn out to be less than impressive. Christmas CAN be a minefield of hospitality disasters.
So don’t run round like a headless turkey and let the Bar Guys take care of ensuring your event runs smoothly whilst impressing your co-workers. Our Christmas party cocktail bar hire options promise to bring an extra touch of magic to any occasion. When you book with us you can expect the following:
- Bespoke bars, creating the right atmosphere for your event.