I recently reviewed Clear Creek’s Douglas Fir Eau De Vie, and declared it “a perfect drink for the holidays.” So for Christmas 2011, we’re going to look at a few ways that other mixologists have put this liqueur to work. Today’s Christmas cocktail is the Douglas Fir Gimlet as featured in the New York Times, as created by Audrey Sanders of New York’s Pegu Club.
The original recipe:
Douglas Fir Gimlet
1½ ounces Tanqueray gin ½ ounces Clear Creek Douglas Fir eau de vie ¾ ounces Fresh lime juice ½ ounces Simple syrup ½ ounces Homemade grapefruit syrup
Now this is a good recipe, but I made a few modifications. Firstly, the Grapefruit syrup is a necessity, but two kinds of simple syrup? Seems redundant to me. Secondly, Tanqueray is a fine gin, but I didn’t have it in stock. So I chose to make perhaps an unorthodox substitution and use Schlichte’s Steinhager style gin. Steinhager is all juniper and nothing else. I thought it would make a good supporting gin to emphasize the pine notes in this cocktail.
The Gin is In’s Douglas Fir Gimlet
1½ ounces Schlichte Steinhager style gin ½ ounces Clear Creek Douglas Fir eau de vie ¾ ounces Fresh lime juice 1 ounce Grapefruit Simple syrup*
My tasting Notes: Phenomenal cocktail.