An easy cocktail recipe for a
The famous cocktail with Gin and Lime Syrup
- 2 parts gin
- 1 part lime syrup (e.g. “Rose’s Lime Juice”)
- a lime
- ice cubes
- cocktail glass
How to mix a Gimlet
For a Gimlet cocktail put the gin and the lime syrup in a glass along with a few ice cubes and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass (the ice cubes stay in the glass that you used for stirring). Put a slice of lime in the glass.
Bartender’s tips and advice
- The idea of this classic drink is simple: Gin + Lime. First versions of this combination would use fresh lime juice and some soda water while the Gimlet consists of Gin + Lime Syrup (typically using “Rose’s Lime Juice”). The cocktail can be regarded as a typical British sailor’s drink to fight scurvy. It became highly popular in the 1950s when it was mentioned in the novel The Long Goodbye written by Raymond Chandler: “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else.”
- Just like the ratio of Gin to Dry Vermouth in a Martini Cocktail recipe, the ratio of Gin and Lime Syrup in this recipe is a matter of personal taste. Try a ratio of 1 part gin and 1 part lime syrup as opposed to 2:1 and see which one you like better.
- The Gimlet is a true classic cocktail. If you replace the Gin with Vodka the result will be another classic drink and the Gimlet’s brother. Find the Recipe for a Vodka Gimlet here.
- Try this cocktail with a dash of soda water. This is a classic way to give this cocktail a twist.
- Don’t confound fresh lime juice with lime juice syrup. Lime juice is pure fruit juice, while lime juice syrup is made of lime juice, water and sugar. The reason for all the confusion: a famous lime juice syrup is called “Rose’s Lime Juice” even though it’s a syrup!
- Find more tips and interesting facts in the bartenders guide.