Here’s to You Aunt Ruth
My Great-Aunt Ruth lived to be 93. She was a dynamic woman and one of my all-time favorite people. When I was 4, Aunt Ruth gave me my first teddy bear, the old fashioned kind with movable legs. In my teens, she became my costume jewelry sensei, teaching me which were bakelite, cut glass, vintage crystals and which were just plain fun. And most importantly, (when I was older still) she taught me how to enjoy gin.
She loved gimlets. When I was close to 21 and she was approaching 82, we drank a lot of them together. She enjoyed the complexity of gin over vodka, gin’s fragrance and the sweet-tart kick of the lime (most often from Rose’s Lime Juice) in a gimlet. Always fashionable, she loved when they’d serve it to her in a coupe glass – how extraordinarily elegant.
When she died, my cousins and I discussed these gimlets at length. If I could go back to her funeral and the week after it, I’d make pitchers of gimlets for all of us. She would have gotten such a kick out of that. And that idea, in fact is a very good one – and one worthy of sharing – especially in times of loss. Spirits can be lifted with well, spirits.
So, if you have a close friend or family member who has lost someone (and it’s only appropriate if you’re ‘like family’ or actually are family to the grieving), consider making a batch of the deceased person’s favorite cocktail and bring it to the family, garnishes in tow. It’s a poignant way to celebrate their life and wish them onward wherever their traditions say they will go.
So here’s to you, Aunt Ruth. Thanks for the memories.
For more gin cocktails see our Orange Ginger Gin & Tonics recipe.
- For a pitcher:
- 24 ounces gin (3 cups)
- 8 ounces Rose's Lime Juice (1 cup)
- 12 lime wedges, garnish
- Measure the gin and Rose's Lime Juice and add to a tall glass pitcher. Stir to combine.
- Fill a drink shaker with ice, add approximately 2⅔ oz (about ⅓ cup) of liquid to the drink shaker, cover and shake and strain into a coupe or martini glass.