Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Health with this Gimlet from Ace Eat Serve

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Photo by Kendall Kostelic

The cocktail: Commodore Gimlet
Where to order it: Ace Eat Serve, 501 E. 17th Ave.
Why we love it: After two Southern-style Christmas gatherings, a New Year’s Eve party with a table-full of nosh and one mother-in-law’s birthday this past holiday season, “sweets,” “butter” and “fried” are now dirty words in my house. For the time being at least, we’ve gone healthy. So taking a sip of this new Ace Eat Serve cocktail featuring the restaurant’s house-made sweet syrup falernum (concocted with ginger and cloves, which aid digestion and boost the immunity system), plus Leopold Bros. gin (juniper berries have ties to helping with joint pain), was less like breaking a diet and more like a toast to healthy drinking.

With pleasant, strong flavors of lime and ginger, this cocktail goes down easy—very easy. And the egg white is extra frothy from a dry shake, which had me walking away feeling surprisingly full—bonus! For another healthy, in-restaurant option, order one of Ace Eat Serve’s fresh juices with a shot of your choice of spirit on the side. The carrot apple ginger, celery pear kale, pineapple coconut cayenne, beet kale cucumber apple and carrot pineapple turmeric juices are all made to order. For now, I suspect this concoction could become a regular part of our drinking-at-home routine. Cheers to good health!

Mix it at home:
1 ounce egg white
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
¾ ounces falernum
1 ½ ounces Leopold Bros. small batch gin
2 lime kaffir leaves

Combine the egg white, lime juice, falernum, gin and 1 lime leaf in a shaker. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, garnish with the other lime leaf and serve.

What to pair with it: Any Asian cuisine. At Ace Eat Serve, we recommend the wing appetizers and Mongolian beef.

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