Bruising, or partially crushing, the verbena helps draw out its essential oils. Substitute vodka for gin, if you prefer. If you make this ahead, stir in club soda just before serving so the drink stays fizzy.
Gimlet Cocktail 1 1/2 cups vodka or gin 3/4 cup fresh lime juice 3/4 cup simple syrup Ice 6 strips lime zest (optional) $ Preparation In a pitcher or large measuring cup, combine vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill 6 glasses with ice and pour 1/2 cup gimlet into each one. Garnish with lime zest if you like. Serve immediately.