Have you ever had a gimlet? A lot of people don’t drink gimlets anymore because they’re old fashioned, and you’d be hard pressed to find a bar or restaurant that has them on their menu. Gimlets were likely created first by British Navy officers, but they became popular during prohibition (Sidenote: In college I was an English major and history minor. But, I took more history classes than English. Not sure how I swung that, but the point is, I love history!).
Here’s the gimlet recipe I use. Some would use Rose’s Lime Juice, or even substitute vodka for the gin. But I like fresh lime juice and use gin.
- 2 ounces gin (You can’t skimp on gin and get cheap stuff. I like Tanqueray.)
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup (I make my own! See recipe below.)
- Rocks glass
- Shot glass
- Drink shaker
Simple Syrup Recipe:
It’s incredibly easy to make your own simple syrup, so don’t waste your money buying premade bar syrup. All you have to do is bring one part water and one part sugar to boil, stirring constantly. Once the sugar is dissolved, take off heat and let cool. I store mine in a glass jar and keep in it my refrigerator to use whenever needed! I use it in cocktails and to sweeten tea and coffee.
How to Make a Gimlet:
Put ice in drink shaker and add gin, lime, and simple syrup. Shake it! Strain drink into a rocks glass. Enjoy! Christopher gives it the thumbs up!