The Gimlet is a delicious gin sour, one that inspired many riffs and earned its place among the tried and true classics.
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What is Gimlet ?
The Gimlet is a very old cocktail, old enough to appear in 1930’s Savoy Cocktail Book. It’s a gin, lime juice, and simple syrup cocktail, so it’s classed as a gin sour. It came about in a time when gin was celebrated and its botanical notes were meant to take the spotlight.
As for the name, no one is 100% sure why it’s Gimlet instead of Ginlet, but personally I’m putting it down to a difference in linguistics, and how pronunciation changed over the decades.
Gimlet Cocktail Recipe
- 2.5 oz gin
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- In a shaker add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, ice. Shake well.
- Strain into chilled coupe glass.
When is this drink best ?
The Gimlet works best in spring and summer, when the sweetened lime paired with the gin bring out wonderful herbal and spicy notes. I also think the Gimlet is better as a pre-dinner drink, as more of an appetizer and sipper.
My thoughts on Gimlet
I found the gimlet quite pleasant, and while I think citrus goes very well with gin, I think lemon goes better than lime. Even so, the lime brought out enough of the gin’s notes to make this an overall beautiful cocktail with plenty of flavor. It’s easy to underestimate since it’s a bit sweet, but there’s a definite alcohol burn towards the end.
If you like Gimlet, you might also like…
Gin Rickey – gin, lime, club soda
Gin sour – a sweet and sour gin cocktail, with egg foam on top
Gin Daisy – a goin sour with triple sec and more fizz
Bee’s Knees – a goin sour with honey syrup
Tom Collins – a gin sour with club soda
Daiquiri – the classic rum sour
Lemon Drop – a vodka and lemon delight
Raspberry Gimlet – a gimlet with raspberry syrup
Strawberry Gimlet – a gimlet with strawberry syrup
Vodka Gimlet – a gimlet with a vodka base
White Lady – a different version of gin sour
Cucumber Gimlet – a version with refreshing cucumber
Notes, substitutes, and tips
The gin is very strong in this, so use one you like. You can go for a dry one, or you can go for a flavored version.