The Floralia Gimlet is the result of a collaboration between bartender Torrey Bell-Edwards at Honey in Brooklyn, NY and Arley Marks, founder of the Enlightenment Wines shop that carries Floralia mead, a local Brooklyn brand infused with lavender and herbs.
Even with a standard mead, the Floralia Gimlet is a gorgeous sour cocktail (albeit not really a Gimlet at all). Vodka is a brilliant choice for the base spirit, preserving the flavor of the mead while cutting its sweetness. And the combination of lemon juice with just a few drops of yuzu is delightful, imparting a fresh, herby note alongside the crispness of lemon. It’s a perfect drink to herald Spring, or just to use up a bottle of decent mead.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled short glass. Garnish with herbs or edible flowers (at Honey, it’s served with a garnish of lemon mint marigold).
- Floralia Gimlet at Wine Enthusiast