Cheers to the Holiday Season With This Apple Spruce Gimlet Cocktail

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
1 cocktail

This holiday season, try a fresh take on the classic gimlet with this That’s the Spirit apple spruce gimlet cocktail — the ingredients are uniquely oh-so Canadian! The combination of apple and spruce tips lends itself to this beautiful cocktail that tastes like fresh winter’s breath. Have it with a spirit of choice or a non-alcoholic alternative (like juice or soda) to bring out all the different flavours. Plus: it’s easy to whip up!

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cup fresh-pressed apple juice
cup sugar
Tbsp dried spruce tips + more for garnish
Juice of 1 lime
oz spirit of choice (or non-alcoholic substitute)
Ice for shaking


gimlet cocktail with spruce tips ingredients
Step 1

Create your apple spruce syrup: in a saucepan, add apple juice, sugar and dried spruce tips. Bring all contents to boil.

Step 2

Once bubbling, lower to simmer. Allow to simmer on low for about 20 minutes. Remove apple spruce syrup from heat and let cool.

Step 3

Strain out solids through a colander or strainer into a non-reactive container. Syrup recipe can remain in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Step 4

In a shaker tin, add 1 oz of the apple spruce syrup.

Step 5

Slice a lime in half and squeeze the juices of both halves into the shaker tin, combining with apple spruce syrup.

Step 6

Pick your of spirit (white spirits for more herbal, evergreen qualities; brown spirits to bring out warming spices in the drink). Add 2 oz of chosen spirit in the cocktail shaker.

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips pour
Step 7

Add enough ice to cover the liquid plus a little bit more, do not be shy. Cover the other side of the shaker tin and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds until well chilled.

Step 8

Strain into a coupe glass (or your favourite cocktail glass) and garnish with winter herbs (spruce from your garden works!). Enjoy immediately.

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips

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