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THE GIMLET - A classic revisited


The Gimlet is a martini with Rose's Lime Juice instead of vermouth. It's that simple. While you might find a few recipes out there that include some simple syrup (and frankly I like it with the sweetener) - that is not a true Gimlet.

The Vodka Gimlet simply replaces the gin with vodka.

I myself prefer fresh lime juice to Rose's - and a key lime is even better but according to the character Terry Lennox in Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye:

"a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else"

He's got a point - changing the Roses to fresh lime gives this cocktail an entirely different flavor as Rose's has it's own unique taste. Still, I prefer fresh juice.

The
GIMLET

INGREDIENTS
5 Parts Gin
One Part Simple Syrup
One Part Lime Juice

DIRECTIONS FOR SERVING UP
Stir with ice in a mixing glass, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a lime wedge.

DIRECTIONS FOR SERVING OVER
Add gin, simple syrup and lime juice to an ice filled rocks glass, stir, then garnish with a lime twist.

AMCs MAD MEN lists the Vodka Gimlet as one of their classic 1960s cocktails and you'll note their recipe doesn't have the sweet element either.

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Updated 8-2016

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