Episode #082 – The Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet cocktail may not make the headlines in terms of gin cocktails, but we think that’s undeserved. The overly-sweet gimlets that many are familiar with are actually more true to the history of the drink, which was often 50/50 gin/sweetened lime juice or lime cordial. But this isn’t a one-trick pony of sweetness. With some variations, a whole world can open.

First, the classic. We’ll use Marlowe’s Gin Gimlet even though it may not be the original.

Marlowe’s Gin Gimlet

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 3/4 oz Rose’s Lime Juice

The Bartender’s Bible by Gary Regan lists the recipe as:

  • 2 fl oz Plymouth Gin
  • 1⁄2 fl oz Rose’s lime juice
  • Garnish with lime wedge

French Gimlet:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Combine in a shaker, add ice, shake, strain into cocktail glass, and enjoy.

Garden Gimlet from Stir & Stain:

  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz basil simple syrup (recipe found through here)
  • 2 oz Gin (Hendrick’s)
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Mint leaf for garnish

Muddle the mint and basil simple syrup together. Add gin,  lime juice and fill shaker 2/3 full with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with one mint leaf.

Homemade Lemon Cordial
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • Optional: If ya fancy, add 1 1/2 tbsp of rose water to the recipe. If you want to use limes

Combine sugar, water, lemon juice, and zest on medium-high heat, stirring. You can drink with soda water if you’d like, or use it in your cocktails.

Vesper Gimlet Cocktail (inspired by James Bond)
  • 1 oz of Gin
  • 1/2 oz of vodka
  • 1/2 oz of Lillet Blanc
  • 1 1/2 oz homemade lemon cordial
  • Scott Brechmacher

    I have a cocktail that I have just recently discovered/tweaked, which sort of fits into your gimlet-style list:

    Dogs of Summer:

    1 1/4 oz – Green Hat Spring/Summer Gin
    1/2 oz – Green Chartreuse
    1/2 oz – Lemon Juice
    1/4 oz – Lime Juice
    1/2 oz – Simple Syrup
    Orange Bitters

    Add all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into gimlet glass and garnish with a couple blackberries on a toothpick.

    This is a slight modification of a cocktail I had at Repeal Restaurant in Indianapolis called Reservoir Dog, which I altered to make use of the seasonal Green Hat Gin. (Thus the name.)

    Try it out. I’m curious what you guys think.

Get Instant Access to Our Cocktails 101 EbookDOWNLOAD NOW