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