Tangerine Gimlet

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By Nancy Buchanan

38 comments

11/1/2012

by Nancy Buchanan on January 11, 2012

One 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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. tangerine juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, tangerine juice and simple syrup. Shake to combine the ingredients. Strain into a martini glass.
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Zee January 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

Apart from the fact that I cannot drink vodka, this drink looks superb!

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Nancy January 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

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!!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 12, 2012 at 5:36 am

The “little old ladies” would most definitely approve, Nancy! All the ones I know, anyway :-)

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Nancy January 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

I’d like to think so too!!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary January 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

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!

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Nancy January 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

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!!

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Magic of Spice January 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

What a fun cookbook! And you know I am always up for a cocktail ;)

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Laura @ Family Spice January 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

Definitely more sophisticated than a screwdriver! Love the colors!

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Daydreamer Desserts January 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

Looks like someone has mastered the art of “tinker”-ing … love the twist on this classic Nancy!

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

Thanks Josie!! Have to be careful with the “tinkering” though… :-) !!

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Geez Louise! January 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

gorgeous!

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

Thanks Louise!!!

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Jenn January 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Wow this sounds fantastic!! And what a great photo too!

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

Thanks Jenn! I had fun with it – a little departure from my “usual” – one of the goals for 2012 is to stretch my photography!!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

So simple but perfect! Making one tonight.

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Lora @cakeduchess January 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I will do as Gladys did the next time I’m offered help. That is the right attitude:)This looks refreshing. The book sounds very interesting.

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Me too Lora!!! The book is really cute and funny!

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Gloria January 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Great photo Nancy. I love the bright tangerine lighting up the martini glass. The cookbook sounds great too. Will have to check it out.

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hi Gloria!!!
Aww… thanks! The book is really fun – the quotes are a riot!!

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Madonna January 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

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!

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Lisa January 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

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!

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Nancy January 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hi Lisa! The book is truly a hoot… I love that the author photographed the cooks and not the dishes!!

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Amber January 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Love that this is a Little Old Lady recipe! :) What a lovely idea–and a gorgeous photo. TGIF!

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Nancy January 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hi Amber! I think you would get a kick out of this book – the quotes alone are worth having! So glad you liked the photo!

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Jamie January 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

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!

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Nancy January 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

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!

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maria January 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

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

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Nancy January 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hi Maria!
So glad you liked the gimlet!!! I’m definitely with you – I love citrus based cocktails too – so refreshing!

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Patricia January 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Mmm! A few of my favorite things! I have vodka and tangerines …..

Going to try one tonight!
Thanks!

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Nancy January 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Hi Patricia! I hope you enjoy it!!

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SwoonMySpoon January 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Anything with vodka has to be delicious. A must try, for sure!

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Nancy January 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

It definitely “does” go with everything!

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence January 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I’ve been enjoying Cucumber Gimlets recently. This sounds like a delicious variation though!

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Nancy January 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

Oooh… now that I HAVE to try!!!

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Joanne (Inspired Taste) January 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I love the use of tangerines, here! So pretty.

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juliemarg May 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

wow its refreshing..

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Terra November 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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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