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Friday 5 o’Clock Cocktail – Gimlet

A Gimlet is one of those drinks where its beauty is in its simplicity. And since it has some historical significance, I thought I’d share it with you.

Sir Thomas Gimlette – a British surgeon, who was looking for a way to prevent scurvy in British sailors, invented the drink in the late 19th century. The lime juice in the drink contains a large concentration of Vitamin C, and so by combining it with the sailors’ daily ration of Gin, he was able to ensure they would stay healthy on their long voyages. Interestingly enough, this is why British sailors are referred to as “limeys”.

Gimlets are supposed to be made using Gin. However, just like with the Martini, there are people who think they don’t like Gin so they make the drink with vodka instead. If you do that, then you aren’t making a Gimlet – you’re just kidding yourself.

Just as with Martinis and the fight over how much vermouth to add, with Gimlets, everyone has a preference about the ratio of Gin to lime juice.

The traditional version of the drink uses a 50/50 ratio of Gin to Rose’s Lime Juice.

Most people find that this is too much lime juice, and I would have to agree. My preference is the following:

1 ½ oz Gin
1 oz Rose’s Lime Juice

That’s it. Put those two ingredients into a glass with ice, stir it and either drink it on the rocks, or strain it into a cocktail glass.

I know, I know. That isn’t good enough. Some of you out there want to turn it into a “signature drink” and start adding other shit to it.

Ok, if you want to do that, following are the top 5 ways to junk up a Gimlet:

· Substitute Vodka for the Gin
· Add other liquors to the glass like Rum or Tequila
· Add cherries or cherry liqueur
· Add soda or tonic water
· Put lemon juice in it

I’m not saying that these ingredients will make the drink taste bad. But please just don’t call it a Gimlet. Call it a Gimlet’s Cousin, or Sir Thomas’ Hot Sister. Something like that.

Have a great weekend!

June 27, 2008 - Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , , ,


  1. There is no substitute for Gin! I’m seriously considering starting a charity to help stomp out this disease that causes people to think they dislike Gin.

    Then again, there are only so many Martini’s in this world. why should I lose out on more of my share?

    Comment by cigarsmokingman | June 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hey Smokey – you can register your new charity here: http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/onestop/forms/10100.pdf

    Comment by drunkmansguide | June 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. Great site gentlemen! I was searching for stories on the ol Gimlet and came across your blog. I actually prefer 2 and 1/2 ounces of Bombay and 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice! Shaken hard with ice makes it so tasty!

    Comment by Hotel Bravo | July 1, 2008 | Reply

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