Indian Summer Gimlet & Giveaway!

I talk about the weather a lot on this blog. And it really does make sense, because I like to create (and drink) cocktails according to the seasons. So, I’m not just rambling on about nonsense, people. But also, I’m a New Yorker…and that’s what we do. We live in a place of extremes. We’re constantly talking about it, mostly in short spurts; in elevators with strangers, to our doormen, the corner Bodega guy, our cabbie. We schvitz, we gripe, we blame the humidity, we bitch about the a.c., the wind “cuts right through” us, and the winter never seems to end. But in the beginning, we usually revel the shift in seasons. Especially FALL.

isg close text3I think we all can agree that fall is the best. We like to talk about that too. About how great the cool, crisp air feels, and how the garbage doesn’t hardly smell because of it! Also, about all the new foods we can make and eat and the clothes we can finally wear…to hide our cooler weather weight gain. We will flood your Instagram feed with colorful foliage and pumpkin spiced everything, and eat outside, shivering under a broken heat lamp until the cafés won’t serve us there anymore. It’s a fleeting time and New Yorkers really do try to get the most out of it. Because, winter. But luckily, this year, we’ve been having one of those unseasonably warm autumns. Not too warm, to make us forget what season it is. But, just right. Like, we can still eat dinner outside with a sweater or jacket on and get an ever-so-slight chill that is quickly quelled by an upturned collar or an extra tuck of a scarf and then is completely vanquished by the steaming, hot butternut squash soup that gets placed before you. I’m pretty sure this is what it means to have an “Indian Summer”. And I never want it to end.

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This drink was inspired by this Indian Summer we seem to be having. Gin is often associated with summer, but the Bombay Sapphire East, infused with Vietnamese black peppercorn and Thai lemongrass, lends an exotic, any-season quality to a cocktail. I’ve been wanting to use limoncello in a recipe ever since my travels through Italy this past summer and I’ve since gotten my hands on one of the most popular ones coming out of The Boot: Limoncello di Capri. I thought this might be my last chance in a while to use this sunny ingredient. And, since I had decided to make rose hip syrup for the Phoenicia Flea a few weekends ago, I thought the tart and tangy flavor of this syrup would work beautifully in a gimlet with these other ingredients…

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isg med allAnd rose hips are very much of the season! While I’ve used these little fruits in dried form, this happens to be rose hip harvesting season. In the UK, and other parts of the world, people often stock up on these little beauties to ward off colds in the winter because of their high level of Vitamin C – 20 x more than oranges! They have a wonderful tea-like quality and in the Indian Summer cocktail, the acidity helps to bring out the botanicals in the gin and is a great match for the limoncello.

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Indian Summer Gimlet
2 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire East Gin
1/4 oz Limoncello di Capri
3/4 oz Rose Hip Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker is ice cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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The Giveaway!!!
To make this cocktail, you’ll need rose hip syrup, of course. You can either make it yourself, OR you can enter to win two bottles of Bit by a Fox Rose Hip Cocktail Syrups! To enter the contest, simply write in the comments section below your absolute favorite thing(s) about fall where ever YOU are!  And I’ll pick a winner by the end of the week. That’s it! Easy as pumpkin pie! ← One of MY favorite things about fall!

29 Comments on Indian Summer Gimlet & Giveaway!

  1. tstrmr
    October 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Warm drinks, of course. Coffee, mulled cider, hot buttered rum…

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Ooh, hot buttered rum. I had almost forgotten about that!

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  2. Ramon M.
    October 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s sweater weather in the Fall! Cardigans, pullovers, super soft and wooly anything to cuddle up in… Fuzziness for like 2 months! Well, I’m in Chicago, so 3 weeks.. but still!

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes! I borrowed a cashmere sweater from a friend a few weeks ago and I never want to give it back! It’s the softest. Fall = Fuzztown, USA.

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  3. tweetyscute
    October 22, 2014 at 12:23 am (2 years ago)

    I love Friday night football and enjoying colder nights

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 22, 2014 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

      There’s something about football in the fall, especially in smaller towns (like where I’m originally from). There’s something so cozy about that!

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  4. Mimi
    October 22, 2014 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

    I love stepping outside early fall mornings, take in a deep breath of fresh chill crisp air, looking up at the trees; most of them are still green except for one, gently kissed by the sun, its leaves are light red, welcoming the winter months. I’m filled with excitement & anticipation of fall culinary recipes

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 22, 2014 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

      Lovely! The light in the fall is so magical.

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  5. Eric
    October 22, 2014 at 8:56 am (2 years ago)

    This sounds amazing. I love fall apples and muddling them in a maple apple bourbon sour!

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 22, 2014 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

      Omigod, YUM! That sounds so good! I love using maple syrup in cocktails this time of year. And apples!

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  6. Robin Visser
    October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

    I’m a new subscriber to your blog and LOVE it. You have inspired me to start a cocktail night with my friends. BTW fall in Colorado is fabulous too!

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 22, 2014 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

      That’s so awesome! Welcome! Cocktail nights with friends are the best! If you ever make a BBaF cocktail, tag it on Instagram and I’ll repost! I’ve been in Colorado in the fall and it’s stunning! Spent a very memorable Halloween in Denver…Fun times!

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      • Robin Visser
        October 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

        We live in the Denver burbs but I work in Denver proper. Really a fun city!

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        • Prairie Rose
          October 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

          Ah, yes, I just saw that! Colorado IS spectacular this time of year (really ALL year!). And Denver is one of my all time favorite cities. I need to get my butt out there soon!

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  7. Barbara Zelano
    October 22, 2014 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love fall in the desert! There’s a cool blanket of air that throws itself over the night, in Tucson, and encourages outdoor fire-making with mesquite and roasted chiles. Gardens may shut down everywhere else, but here in the desert they are exploding with winter vegetables and flowers. I can’t wait to try this lovely cocktail, BBaF. It’s like a summer/fall mash-up!

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

      What a gorgeous description of an autumnal desert landscape! Now I want to make a cocktail with mesquite and roasted chiles!

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  8. manda
    October 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the weather and harvest foods.

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  9. Jake Whiting
    October 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the transition of colors from yellow to red to brown…and by that I mean going from Whiskey Sours to Old Fashioneds to Manhattans!

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

      You’re speaking my language!

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  10. Marijke Van Dornick
    October 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s turned autumnal here, so hot buttered rum is exactly what the doctor(weatherman) ordered. Thank you so much for this great site, Mari.

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Where are you writing from, Mari? Someone else mentioned hot buttered rum!

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      • Marijke Van Dornick
        October 24, 2014 at 4:02 am (2 years ago)

        Hi, I’m in Amsterdam over in The Netherlands ,where it’s turned to Fall this week and we got hit by the end of a hurricane from the Atlantic a couple of days ago. It was tstrmr in the first comment above who mentioned hot buttered rum. Gonna try so many more recipes from your great site, though! Thanks again.

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        • Prairie Rose
          October 24, 2014 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

          Ah, I love it! So glad you found my site! I bet Amsterdam is beautiful and super cozy in the Fall. Can do without the hurricane, though! Cheers!

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  11. ibutiful
    October 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

    The Rice Krispie crunch of curled fallen leaves.

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah! Good one! LOVE that sound…

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  12. girlwithflask
    October 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm (2 years ago)

    One of the best parts of Fall is…the pear! It’s so easy to get carried away by the tart apple, baked into crisps and transformed into cider. But the mellow, juicy pear is often overlooked but is just as versatile as the apple. AND it is positively beautiful in cocktails.

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    • Prairie Rose
      October 24, 2014 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

      Agreed! I’m a big fan of pear brandy in cocktails. And Peach Street Distillers Pear Gin is divine! Thanks for the reminder!

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  13. JIn
    October 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm (2 years ago)

    my favorite thing about fall is… getting to wear my thick wooly scarves and beenies! 😀

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