Cork & Pig Tavern’s Garden Fresh Gimlet is delightful

The Garden Fresh Gimlet at Cork & Pig Tavern in Fort Worth, Texas. The specialty cocktail uses fresh basil from TexSelect Farms in Aledo, Texas.Andrew Buckley

Since opening last year, Cork & Pig Tavern has established itself as one of the city’s most popular go-to spots for classic cuisine dressed in newfangled touches: pizzas draped with manchego cheese and avocados, burgers adorned with pancetta, cole slaw dotted with Brussels sprouts. Drinks, too, honor the past while forging forward.

Case in point: Our fave drink of the month, Cork & Pig’s almighty gimlet, a cocktail whose origins date back to prohibition-era. C&P puts a modern twist on it: In addition to fresh lime juice, simple syrup and Fords Gin, it comes decorated with wheels of cucumbers and basil leaves, hence the cocktail’s name, Garden Fresh Gimlet.

The greenery comes courtesy of TexSelect Farms, a Texas greenhouse company that grows its greens using sustainable, pesticide-free methods. The drink’s crisp flavor and slight bite of citrus will wipe the summer sweat right off your brow.

Garden Fresh Gimlet

  • 2 cucumber wheels
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Fords Gin

Combine in a cocktail shaker tin. After 15 hard shakes, double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and a sprig of basil.

—2869 Crockett St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-759-9280, www.corkandpig.com

 

The Garden Fresh Gimlet

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