I’ve never been to England. My travels include 37 out of 50 States, two Canadian provinces and one spectacular trip to Paris, France. So I asked my well-travelled, smart friend Darcy what kinds of cocktails do people in Great Britain drink? In my mind, I thought of Shaun of the Dead, ales and stouts, and maybe a Scotch or two. Darcy clarified that room-temperature cask ales were more like it, and it wouldn’t be uncommon to see someone with a gimlet or gin and tonic. Perfect, I thought, I can make a quasi-British gin cocktail!
Darcy also sent me this post on Slate, basically a lyric essay dedicated to the gimlet; she said that Four Weddings and a Funeral is part-American, part-British, just like the gimlet, and I sent her every thankful emoji I can find.
I was also thinking about the gimlet in a wedding setting, in honor of the film. When planning their event, it’s not uncommon for contemporary brides and grooms to compromise on their open bar tab by offering beer, wine and one or two signature cocktails.
If Joey and I were to have had one of those types of weddings, our cocktails could’ve been anything from a White Russian (The Dude abides) to an Old Fashioned to the Greyhound (gin and grapefruit). But having worked at a wedding venue, I know for sure that things unravel fast if your open bar includes martinis. Which is why I served this on the rocks.
The namesake of this special gimlet is the funeral poem from the movie, because poems.
Stop All The Clocks Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- .5 ounces cucumber cilantro infused simple syrup*
- .5 ounces fresh lime juice
- Shake all ingredients over ice; serve either up or over fresh ice in highball or Tom Collins glass.
*Infused Simple Syrup:
- Take one cup sugar, one cup water and boil until clear. Turn heat to medium and add one full, sliced cucumber and half a cup of cilantro; after two minutes, remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, strain and store. Should be good in the refrigerator for like a week or two.
Listen to the Four Weddings And A Funeral episode here.