The Gimlet

The Gimlet is a sweet and sour concoction that’s both light and refreshing. The cocktail was first made with gin, but vodka is more common as the modern-day base liquor. First called a Gimlet in the 1920’s, one story of the drink’s name attests that the cocktail was created at the turn of the 20th century by the British Royal Navy Surgeon General Sir Thomas D. Gimlette to coerce his fellow sailors to drink lime juice in order to ward off scurvy. You probably won’t need to drink the Gimlet for that reason nowadays, but if you are planning a boat trip, it’s always a good idea to bring along some vodka and lime.

Seeing as how this is my wife Erica’s favorite cocktail, I’ve had a lot of practice making it and plenty of time to experiment with the balance of ingredients. Here’s my go to recipe:

1/2 oz. Simple syrup
1/2 oz. Rose’s lime juice
2 oz. Vodka
Slice of Lime

Combine ingredients into an ice-filled shaker.  Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is cold.  Pour mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.  Add the slice of lime to the rim of the glass for garnish.

The Gimlet

There are a number of variations on this recipe so I’d suggest experimenting to find out what you like.  For instance, try substituting gin for the vodka.  Or, try it on the rocks in a low ball glass instead of in the chilled cocktail glass.  You can go even further, and add a touch of tonic water to the shaker to give the drink some extra pop. However you take the Gimlet, it’s sure to always make for a refreshing cocktail.

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3 Responses to “The Gimlet”

  1. Geoff says:

    Loved this gimlet recipe. I might try to make it for a dinner Pam and I are going to tomorrow night. Good descriptions and I love that you have pictures. You could adjunct at the Bartenders College of America!

    Keep it up!

  2. Andrew says:

    Awesome Geoff…let me know how it turns out!

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