Bengali Gimlet

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
35 min
Inactive Prep:
30 min
1 drink


  • 1 Kaffir lime leaf
  • 2 ounces gin (recommended: Tanquery Rangpur)
  • 1 tablespoon Curried Nectar, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 3 birds eye chiles
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Pinch salt


In a cocktail shaker, dry muddle the Kaffir lime leaf. Add the gin, curried nectar, and lime juice with a full scoop of ice. Shake heavily for 10 to15 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lime wedge.

Curried Nectar:
In saute pan, lightly toast the cumin seeds and coriander seeds. Combine the seeds with the allspice, black peppercorns, white peppercorns, turmeric, and chiles in a coffee grinder. Pulse the mixture 3 times to a medium grind.

In large saucepan, add the spices to water and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add salt and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes. Strain through a chinois and refrigerate.