At Gymkhana, a London-based Indian Michelin-starred restaurant and bar, the drinks list features this Silver Sip Gimlet, a stirred, Martini-like riff on the classic sour using an acidified Silver Needle Jasmine tea cordial for the perfect balance of sugar, acid and tannin, the latter emulating the body that vermouth would typically add to a traditional Martini.
- 2 ounces gin, preferably Hendrick's
- scant 2 ounces Jasmine & Clary Sage cordial (see Editor's Note)
Garnish: jasmine flower
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
- Stir for approximately 15 seconds.
- Double strain into a chilled Martini glass.
- Garnish with a fresh jasmine flower.
Jasmine and Clary Sage Cordial
8 grams Silver Needle Jasmine tea
17 ounces filtered water
200 grams honey
3 grams malic acid
1 gram tartaric acid
2 grams Clary Sage tea
hefty 1/4 ounce vodka
Cold brew the Jasmine tea by combining the tea and water. Let sit overnight in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Using the same process, infuse the vodka with the Clary Sage tea. To make the cordial, filter out the Jasmine tea leaves and combine the liquid with the honey, acids and salt. Stir until all ingredients are dissolved. Then, filter out the Clary Sage tea from the vodka, and add .2 grams of the infused vodka to the cordial to fortify the mixture.