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Lemongrass Gimlet


For Each Cocktail

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

½ ounce lime juice

2 ounces lemongrass gin (recipe follows)

1 (3-inch-long) splint lemongrass for garnish

Thin slices lemon for garnish

For Lemongrass Gin

1 (750-ml) bottle London dry gin, such as Beefeater

1 long stalk lemongrass, dry outer layer removed, bruised

Sprigs of “lemony” herbs such as savory and lemon verbena

About 4 inches lemon or grapefruit peel


For each cocktail

Add sugar to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Pour lime juice and gin over ice and stir well. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube in it. Add lemongrass and lemon and serve.

Lemongrass Gin

Using a chopstick or a knitting needle as a guide, stuff lemongrass, herbs, and citrus peel down the neck of the gin bottle. Seal and let stand a week or more until the gin has a turbo lemon-botanical flavor.