Gimlet Recipe

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Say hello to a classic Gimlet, a cocktail that has been around since the 1920s. Traditionally made with gin (but you can trade it for vodka if you like) every sip is tart, crisp, and irresistibly juicy.

Other outrageously delicious cocktail ideas, like Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush, are just a click away. Oh, and when there are cocktails, there had better be something to snack on. Try the crackers with homemade Olive Tapenade or Black Bean Salsa with your favorite corn chips.

Made famous by Raymond Chandler in his novel "The Long Goodbye," a Gimlet gin was a favorite cocktail in underground bars and jazz clubs of the Prohibition era across the United States.

A popular version of the drink was based on lime juice from Roses, something any waiter always had on hand. (The thick, sweet lime syrup definitely has a following, so Gimlet's original recipe is also included here, don't worry!)

Today, almost a hundred years later, no one makes gin in their bathtubs anymore, and fresh limes are easy to find. So it's time to introduce a modern version of the Gimlet, one that uses real lime juice, a good gin, and just a little sugar to tie it all together.

Fortunately, the reboot is as delicious as a cocktail. Serve this or any Gimlet on top or on the rocks for easy drinking, all night long.

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Gimlet cocktail history:

Gimlet was also a popular drink for sailors in the British Royal Navy, probably to avoid scurvy. Rose lime juice, a product dating back to the mid 1800s, was created to preserve alcohol-free lime juice. On board and off, it became the preferred libation of a ship captain.

Many people believe that the original Gimlet cocktail is named after the Gimlet tool, which is made for drilling holes in the wood. It is likely that British sailors used them on ships, so it makes sense …

Gimlet Ingredients:

  • Geneva. Or vodka, if you want to make a vodka gimlet.
  • Lime juice Freshly squeezed, please!
  • Simple syrup. You can make a simple syrup in a couple of minutes, or scroll down in a quick simple syrup procedure.

How to make a gimlet:

This Gimlet recipe is easy to prepare. Prepare the simple syrup and squeeze the limes ahead of time, then shake the cocktails as needed, one by one.

  1. Add the gin (or vodka), lime juice, and plain syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, then strain into a chilled or chilled glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon rind.

How to make simple syrup:

Simple syrup is super simple to make and perfectly sweetens cold drinks.

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts granulated sugar and water (i.e. 1 cup sugar plus 1 cup water) in a small saucepan. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool completely.

Use the syrup within a couple of days to store it in the refrigerator.

Gimlet glass:

For a Gimlet up, you don't have to be nervous. A small martini glass or a vintage champagne coupe could be just right for this cocktail.

Some people prefer a lot of ice in their drink, and that's fine, too. For a pimple on the rocks, use a short glass of lo-ball or a glass of stemless wine.

How to make a traditional Gimlet:

If you are one of the traditionalists, there is simply a Gimlet without roses. This version is for you.

One recipe called for equal parts Rose Lime Juice, a super sweet cordial flavored with lime and gin, nothing more. Think and try not to frown! But most Gimlet enthusiasts prefer to make their cocktail with a lower proportion of lime.

If you want to try the original Gimlet recipe, do it by all means. This is what it contains:

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce of pink lime juice (or more, if you really like it)

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then strain into a cold glass. Garnish with a lemon rind.

What is the difference between a Gimlet and a Martini?

The word martini can refer to a handful of cocktails served in a glass, but it can be confusing.

Both Martinis and Gimlets are gin or vodka-based cocktails, and both are served in a stemmed glass. A traditional Martini is usually very stiff and not sweet at all. A Gimlet, on the other hand, is deliciously sweet and sour.

Is the gin shaken or stirred?

For this cocktail recipe, the gin is shaken in a shaker. Don't worry about "bruising" the gin: lime juice will mix better when shaken.

Type of American cuisine Cook time: 3 minutes Total time: 3 minutes Servings: 1 Calories: 219 kcal

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin (3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice (1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 ounce of simple syrup (1 tablespoon, see notes)
  • Ice as needed
  • 1 lime wheel to decorate, optional
  • Chill glassware if desired: cover the outside of a glass with water and freeze until serving time. Or, freeze dry glassware for 2-3 hours before serving.
  • Combine gin, lime juice, and plain syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the stirrer with ice, cover and shake until the exterior of the stirrer is very cold, about 20 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a glass and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Recipe Notes

  • 1 ounce of lime cordial, like Rose lime juice, can be substituted for 1/2 ounce of lime juice and 1/2 ounce of plain syrup.

How to make simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool completely.


Calories :: 219kcal

Gimlet Recipe

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