The gimlet is a cocktail made of gin and lime juice. A 1928 description of the drink was: “gin, a spot of lime, and soda.” The description in the 1953 Raymond Chandler novel The Long Goodbye stated that “a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else”.
The derivation of the name of cocktail is contested. It may be named after the tool for drilling small holes (alluding to its ‘piercing’ effect on the drinker), or after Surgeon General Sir Thomas Gimelette, (RN 1879-1913), who is said to have first added lime cordial to the daily gin tot of the men of the Royal Navy to help combat the ravages of scurvy on long voyages
A variant of the cocktail, the vodka gimlet, replaces gin with vodka.
A similar lime juice cocktail using rum instead of vodka or gin is the daiquiri.
- 60mL Ford’s Gin
- 30mL Fresh Lime Juice
- 15mL Sugar Syrup
- Fill a Shaker glass with ice
- Add the Gin, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup
- Shake and stain into a chilled coupe glass
- Garnish with a lime wheel
Lime Wheel or Flowers