Drink Recipe:: Gimlet

by Negronis Greg

Ah, the Gimlet. This is one of my favorite classic cocktails, and it's a drink that's been around for over a century. The origins of the Gimlet are a bit murky, but it's widely believed to have been created by sailors in the British Navy who mixed lime juice with their gin to help prevent scurvy.

The basic ingredients of a Gimlet are gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Some recipes call for Rose's Lime Juice, which is a sweetened lime juice concentrate that was created in the early 20th century specifically for making Gimlets.

Here's a recipe for a classic Gimlet:



  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Now, as for who makes the best Gimlet, that's a tough one. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to cocktails, so it really depends on who you ask. However, one person who is often credited with popularizing the Gimlet is Raymond Chandler, the famous author of detective novels. Chandler was known to be a fan of the drink, and his character Philip Marlowe was often seen sipping on one in his novels.

In terms of modern-day mixologists, I'd recommend checking out the work of Julie Reiner. Reiner is a well-known bartender and owner of several bars in New York City, including the popular Clover Club. She's known for her expertise in classic cocktails and has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation for her contributions to the industry.

As for what to pair with a Gimlet, I'd say it's a great drink to enjoy with appetizers or light snacks. It's a refreshing cocktail that pairs well with seafood or anything with a bit of acidity. I personally love to sip on a Gimlet while snacking on some olives or a charcuterie board.

So there you have it, folks. The Gimlet: a classic cocktail with a storied past and a bright future. Cheers!

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