August 28, 2006

Gimlet: Gin Plus Lime Juice Equals Awesome

Gin GimletIf you ask us there's no better cocktail ingredient than the lime. It's the building block of everything from the Margarita to the Mojito, and for good reason. If you're looking for something a little simpler, a Gimlet is a great but underappreciated drink these days, which is too bad because it's so simple. It's basically booze plus lime juice, and while the traditional drink is with gin we've made it with everything from rum to tequila.

We've found a good recipe for a Gin Gimlet; it calls for Rose's Lime Juice but we make it with fresh after we took such a drubbing for recommending Rose's for our Soco Limes.


1 1/4 ounces of gin
1 1/4 ounces Rose's lime juice
Lime wedge

Stir the gin and lime juice in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the lime wedge into the drink.


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Posted by Jake Jamieson at August 28, 2006 9:58 AM
Recent Comments

I used to drink gimlets eons ago. Tried one recently, and was horrified - Rose's lime juice is now made with high fructose corn syrup! The drink came out cloyingly sweet. I'll never use Rose's again.

Posted by: judybird at January 14, 2010 9:00 PM

To have a true gin gimlet, you must use Rose's lime juice and no tonic or soda. Using fresh lime juice you have a gin with a twist. or by topping off with soda or tonic, a Gin Rickey

Posted by: Jim at December 19, 2009 5:41 PM

Cut to chase: Tanqueray Rangpur. Good lime flavor without the chemical equations or mixing.

Posted by: Spike Spiegel at April 29, 2009 3:49 PM

I tried this recipe (real lime juice rather than roses though) and simply felt like I had wasted a precious portion of my tanqueray ten. I'd agree with the others who go for a bit less of the lime juice so that you can actually taste the gin (maybe roses is less flavorful then fresh juice or something...). I love lime but this wasnt much more than drinking straight lime juice.

Posted by: Otto at November 9, 2006 12:48 AM

This is the traditional way of making a gimlet. New age gimlets are more about the gin experience, but the real experience comes from the melding of the gins complexities with the tartness of lime. Its wonderful

Posted by: Ryan at October 8, 2006 10:36 PM

Wow, that's the highest ratio I've seen of Rose's to gin! I much prefer 2 parts gin to 1 part Roses.

Posted by: will at September 4, 2006 12:42 AM
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