Classic

Gin • Sweet
Gimlet

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The Gimlet is essentially a Daiquiri made with gin instead of rum. Bright and sour up front, with a backdrop of bold botanical flavors, it’s wonderful in warm weather. The Gimlet first appeared in print in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, but comes from much older naval tradition. During England’s imperial era, the daily rations for British sailors included citrus, rum and gin (the first to fend off scurvy, the others to fend off boredom). The ur-Daiquiris and ur-Gimlets the sailors made were referred to as Limeys (or simply Grog). But even if you’re not a sailor, you can enjoy a Gimlet anytime you need a refreshing, gin-forward libation.

For the best tasting Gimlet, we like to use the freshest lime juice we can. Making a single serving, we opt for squeezing the limes straight into the jigger. If you’re entertaining, press the lime juice no more than 30 minutes prior to your guests arrival. When choosing a gin, lighter more herbaceous gins like Beefeater or Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry work best in the cocktail. Lighter gins will allow the vibrant acidity of the lime to be at the forefront of the cocktail—not the gin. Avoid anything barrel aged or sweeter Old Tom styles. It is also best to avoid any gin that is higher in proof simply because it will limit the number of Gimlets that you can have, and the best thing about drinking Gimlets is having multiple in succession.

The Essentials

Gin
Simple Syrup
Lime Juice
Strainer
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz Gin
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz Lime Juice

Method

  • Place all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice, shake well and strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Traditionally, the Gimlet has no garnish, but a lime wheel or twist can be added as desired.
easy
Strength:
Simple Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 Cup White sugar
1 Cup Water

Method

  • Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat. 
  • Let cool, then pour into a container (a Mason jar works nicely) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month. 
Gin Sour Easy
Cucumber Gimlet

A traditional Gimlet is like a Daiquiri for gin lovers. It’s light, bright, tart and downright chaggable, especially with a crisp, dry gin that’s not too heavy on the juniper. If you thought that a Gimlet couldn’t get anymore delicious or refreshing, this modern variation proves otherwise. Upping the ante with the addition of cucumber, this c...