Though cooler weather is beginning to set in there’s still time to enjoy a truly frosty treat. The Rangoon Gimlet is a surprisingly easy drink to make and one recipe can easily serve two. It also has the rare quality of being a Tiki drink that really is an adult slushie. It may not be fancy, complex, or even very exotic. It is however a wonderfully frosty reward if you happen to find yourself suckered into yardwork.
Tony Ramos created this drink at the China Trader in 1963 California. Apparently it was a hot spot for celebrities and this drink was even a favorite of the venerable Robert Conrad. I can’t speak to blame him since my blender has been known to buzz with them after a hard day of slinging boxes and back pain.
So what Say we mix one up?
1 oz Fresh lime juice
2 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz London Dry Gin
2 dashes Angostura bitters
16 oz of crushed ice (2 cups)
Garnish: Green Cocktail Cherry
Combine your ingredients in a blender saving the ice for last and blend on high for 20 seconds. Pour into a pair of goblets and crown with a cocktail cherry.
There’s lots of things in this drink to make my friends in the classic cocktail set cringe. The abundance of sugar might roll some eyes. The slushie blender drink surely elicits a scoff. Also my insistence on the aesthetic of the sickly neon green, chemical, cocktail cherry might have caused seizures. Yet while this drink seems to exemplify on paper all that’s wrong with “umbrella drinks” if you scoff to loudly you miss the point.
This drink is fun. It just is, It’s very refreshing, it’s easy to drink, it makes enough to share, and oddly enough it isn’t sticky sweet. Sure you won’t find me singing the praises of it’s complex notes and innovative mix. But come over on a hot Saturday night and see what my friends clamor for.
I do insist on gin in this recipe even though the option for vodka is there. Made with vodka this drink does infact lose much of whats great about it. Choose a gin with bold balls to the wall juniper character. If your on a budget ,or in a control state like us, then Beefeater’s your best bet. Infact we always have some Beefeater Gin on hand for the most part. Also, yes, the green cherry is a must. The drink just tastes green, so a red cherry does not match it’s bright icy character. I’m sorry, I love luxardo to. But I have a jar of the mean neon green just for this drink.
Next time we’ll manage to be a bit more highbrow. For now switch that blender on and mix up a glass of fun. We think you won’t regret it. You can find this and far more amazing and complex recipes in my favorite book REMIXED by Jeff Berry. Check out and buy his other books and Iphone app for all thats good in Tiki Drinking.
You get hammered America – JFL