I've just finished reading Julie & Julia (the book about the woman who spent a year cooking all of the recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and is now a movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams). While the book did not really inspire me to do any French cooking, it did make me want to drink a gimlet. Throughout the book, Julie and her husband Eric have quite a fondness for this cocktail, but they make theirs with vodka instead of gin.

They are missing out, in my opionion, as there's nothing quite as refreshing as a gimlet made with some really good gin. One of my friends just gave me a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, and you can make a mightly fine gimlet with this mighty fine gin! If you're making one, it's a really good idea to use premium gin because the only ingredients in the cocktail are gin, lime juice, and a twist of lime.

Normally I lament the end of summer because it seems like the end of the season for drinking gin and tonics, my favorite cocktail. I'm now thinking that I'll switch to gimlets because somehow they seem right year 'round. Julie Powell certainly seemed to think so! Of course, you do have so many great options when it comes to gin: gimlets, gin rickeys and martinis! Check out all your options and browse our gin recipes. Let me know if you have any favorites. I'm feeling inspired to have a cocktail party now that I have this lovely bottle of gin.