It's cocktail time! The Gimlet is a gin-based classic that is one of the easiest cocktails out there to make. All it takes is a little gin, a little lime juice, and some ice.
If you haven't discovered a Gimlet yet, prepare to have your mind blown. How I had gone so long before trying this concoction baffles me...I think it was the whole..."gin and lime juice" thing. Does that sound as gross to you as it does to me?
Well thanks for sticking around even if gin and lime juice doesn't sound too appealing. Because I assure you, it is appealing. The gimlet has been around for a long time--it was originally created to help prevent scurvy for sailors. The key ingredient in this cocktail is Rose's lime juice: a sweetened lime cordial that was also introduced to prevent skurvy back in the day. Gone are the days of those worries, but I'll still enjoy a gimlet, thanks.
Cocktails truly don't get much easier than this. A gimlet is simply gin and Rose's lime juice stirred together with ice, then strained into a martini glass. Make sure to invest in a jigger and strainer if you haven't already: they are valuable tools for your bar. Plymouth gin is the recommended choice of gin in this cocktail and I couldn't agree more. If you aren't familiar, Plymouth gin is very unique and fits into its own category when it comes to gin styles. Compared to the more-popular London Dry Gin, Plymouth backs off on the crazy juniper flavors and instead features more earthy components and mild botanicals. It pairs perfectly with the sweetened lime juice. I almost taste a coconut element when the two are mixed together.
The Gimlet Cocktail
The key ingredient in a gimlet is Rose's Lime Juice, a lime-based cordial that sweetens up the gin in this cocktail nicely.
- 1 1/4 oz gin (preferably Plymouth)
- 1 1/4 oz Rose's lime juice
- lime wedge for garnish
- In a mixing glass filled with ice, stir the gin and lime juice together. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Squeeze the lime wedge over and (optional) drop it into the drink.