The Perfect Gin Gimlet

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The gimlet is traditionally a citrusy gin cocktail, typically made today with a 2:1 ratio of gin and lime juice, respectively. It’s a recipe that has changed over the years as tastes and preferences evolve. In Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel The Long Goodbye, he wrote that “a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else.” The gold standard that is The Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930, agreed with a half-and-half rule, specifying one half Plymouth Gin and one half Rose’s Lime Juice Cordial. These days, however, we tend to like our libations a little less sweet and with a little more alcohol.

We’ll leave you with this fun fact as you take to your home bars to get creative. While there’s no concrete information surrounding the origins of the name “gimlet”, it’s thought to have either been named for the gimlet tool, a small device for drilling holes, or for Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB (1857–1943), who, according to a 1955 dictionary of navy slang, would add lime cordial to the daily gin of his men on long voyages to keep them from getting scurvy.


Ingredients & Method

In your shaker, add:

5-6 ice cubes
1.5 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup

Shake thoroughly for 15—20 seconds. Strain into the desired glass (recommended: martini glass or coupe glass). Garnish with a a slice of lime.