I can still remember when I first discovered the gimlet. I was 15 (bear with me), and was browsing the aisles of Sephora with my mom when I found myself drawn to a gorgeous bright green bottle of Philosophy’s shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath combo. The scent, a super bright blend of lime and what I now know to be juniper, was amazing, and I loved the glamorous-sounding name.
Flash forward a few years and I finally tried the real thing. As it turns out, the shower gel actually smelled very little like the cocktail, which is probably a good thing so I didn’t go to school smelling like gin. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you may remember a post about a vodka gimlet, but there’s nothing quite like the classic. Vodka is nice here, but it makes for a decidedly different drink. Gin adds a lot of its own flavour and makes the drink a little more complex. Because of this I definitely recommend using at least a mid-shelf gin if you can.
In the original recipe for a gimlet instructions call for equal parts Rose’s Lime Juice and gin, but as I have yet to see any Rose’s while in London, I opted for getting my hands a bit dirty and juicing my own limes. Yes, time consuming, but (surprise) totally worth doing. Not only does it taste better, I think the pulp from freshly squeezed is really nice in this cocktail.
• 2oz lime juice (about 2 limes)
• 2oz gin (I used Bombay)
• (optional 1/4-1/2 tsp simple syrup)
- Add lime juice & gin (and simple syrup if you’re using it) to a cocktail shaker, top with ice and shake well
- strain into a cocktail glass(or martini glass) and enjoy!
If you want to garnish these with something think a strip of lime zest would look really nice. If you’re on the fence about how much you like gin, I would err on the side of caution and go ahead and add the simple syrup (I like a little bit in mine, but Cameron leaves it out entirely). It won’t impact the taste too much, but will mellow the slight antiseptic quality of the gin a bit.