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
- 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.
- 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.
- 1 oz of Gin
- 1/2 oz of vodka
- 1/2 oz of Lillet Blanc
- 1 1/2 oz homemade lemon cordial