Happy Birthday Barbara Elderflower Gimlet Cocktail with St. Germain

By on May 20, 2014

St. Germain Gimlet is a grand birthday cocktail

It’s not just every day one would agree to drive 900 miles for dinner.  It’s not just every day one would agree to double up in a beach house for a week.  It’s not just every day one would agree to get away from the endless task of writing for an extended period.  But for Barbara Sheridan’s three quarter century celebration?  The sky’s the limit.

Yes. Seven of us did exactly that.  We drove from New York to North Carolina for a lucky week in Joan Asher’s outer banks beach house.  We hung out together as only friends can for an entire week.  Seven lucky days.  And we celebrated Barbara every one of those days.

Why would we do this?  We love Barbara and we want to send her the number 7 , which is a symbol of luck and good fortune.lucky 7

As the sooth sayers say:

Carry the Lucky 7 with you and experience:
A dramatic turnaround of events in your favor.
Increased Lucky Streaks.
A noticeable reduction of bad luck, depression, lack of confidence.
A knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Barbara is battling breast cancer and undergoing chemo which calls on all her resources just to get from A to B.  We aim to send to her all the strength and heart we can muster.

Because what we want most of all,  is another birthday celebration next year.

Her husband,Craig, who made me wish for a minute and a half to have one for myself again, took us all out to dinner.  Now if you can imagine a more noble deed than a man designated as the Pasha to a gaggle of powerful women, Craig really outdid himself, taking us to Kimball’s Kitchen in Duck, North Carolina.

Trust me when I tell you that I have been feted in New York restaurants both amazing and bold,  but Kimball’s Kitchen, located in the Sanderling Resort, is as good as it gets.  They use local foods, provide stupendous service in a gorgeous understated dining room and their chef, John Lawrence, turned out a dinner for eight that was perfectly timed, well thought out, and  executed with panache and grace.kimball's kitchen dining room

Although many wanted a glass of champagne to begin this celebration,  I, ever the everyman in any crowd, chose a cocktail.  Kimball’s has an enticing collection of cocktails.  I chose the Gimlet and let me tell you,  this is my go-to cocktail for the upcoming summer.  Make it once and you’ll want it too



Kimball’s Kitchen Elderflower Gimlet with St. Germain


* 2 ounces Chopin Vodka OR other top shelf gin or vodkaSt Germain elderflower liqueur
* 1 1/2 ounce St-Germain
* 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.


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About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”