Tangerine Gimlet

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Tangerine GimletOne of the best things about writing a food blog is that you not only get to play with food, but you also get to review cookbooks… and given my obsession with them this is a good thing!! Recently, Quirk Books  sent  me a copy of “Little Old Lady Recipes – Comfort Food and Kitchen Table Wisdom” by Meg Favreau.

This cookbook is a  collection of recipes by real life home cooks – an homage to  the “extraordinary women who create potluck dinners, church socials, and the best desserts you’ve ever tasted”. It covers everything from basic oatmeal to.. gimlets (but more on that, later).  Each recipe is accompanied by a photograph of the cook (instead of the dish) and more often than not a “pearl of wisdom”.

Seriously, how can you not love a cookbook that has quotes like this –

“If you are working in the kitchen and someone asks if you want help, immediately  remove your apron, hand it to them, and go into the living room to have a drink:. – Gladys, bridge club hostess, 84

Like all cookbooks in my stack, I read this one cover to cover.. and I loved every page. The recipes, the photos and the quotes … it truly is a snapshot of American cooking that is often overlooked and a wonderful way to “re ground” your approach to food and cooking.

Ok, so back to the gimlets.

The recipe in Little Old Lady Recipes is the classic recipe with gin and Rose’s lime juice. But as usual, I can’t go with the stated recipe and have to “tinker” – especially since I didn’t have any Rose’s Lime Juice.   Sitting on my kitchen counter was a huge bowl of tangerines and I thought… why not?

Why not, indeed.. it was delicious and while not strictly a gimlet, I think the “little old ladies” would approve!

Tangerine Gimlet
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Serves: 1 drink
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. tangerine juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • ice
  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, tangerine juice and simple syrup. Shake to combine the ingredients. Strain into a martini glass.









    • says

      Hi Zee!! You could use gin or do a non alcoholic version with a little sparking water – had leftover juice and simple syrup and added some sparking water and it was good!!

  1. says

    The quote from Gladys made me seriously laugh out loud; now that’s the spirit! And while not exactly a gimlet…who cares. Tinker is what we do or this wouldn’t be fun. I’m working on something similar for tomorrow. Think grapefruit!

    • says

      Oooh… grapefruit!!! I’ve been a bit obsessed with them lately so I can’t wait for this cocktail! The quotes in this book are hysterical… and most of them true!!

  2. Madonna says

    I was told that orange is a really difficult color to photograph, but that does not seem to be the case here. Lovely photo.

    • says

      Hi Madonna,

      Thank you!! I shot this rather late in the day so had to work on the lighting a bit, but it all worked out ok – I then of course rewarded myself with the cocktail! Have to love those “fringe” benefits!

  3. says

    I LOVE ““If you are working in the kitchen and someone asks if you want help, immediately remove your apron, hand it to them, and go into the living room to have a drink..”.

    I’ve got to get this book, it conjures up a sort of 50’s image where ‘girl’s night out’ meant bridge, finger foods and well, gimlets! That tangerine gimlet looks spectacular. so simple and refreshing..love tangerine!

  4. says

    OMG that quote is a gem and one I will definitely use! The cookbook sounds really great! And yum this drink must be fabulous with tangerine juice!

    • says

      Thanks Jamie! This book is absolutely hilarious! The recipes are, as you would expect, very basic and “American” but to me it is such a “picture” of American cooks (both literally and figuratively) that it is worth reading!

  5. maria says

    Fabulous!!!!! living in Florida…we love citrus based cocktails! This was delicious and I’ve definitely added it to my list of “favorites”

  6. says

    LOL, those quotes are awesome!!! It really is fun to review fun food stuff:-) Love your cocktail, it sounds perfect for me with the delicious sweetness from the tangerine! Hugs, Terra

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