Gimlet

This post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here.

Cocktail History

The Gimlet is a classic gin-based cocktail that was created in the mid-1800s and is traditionally made with the simple combination of gin, lime, and simple syrup. The recipe is believed to have been named for Thomas Desmond Gimlette, a naval medical officer during those times, and was used as a way to get sailors to drink lime juice to prevent scurvy while away at sea.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Tanglin Gin Black Powder Gin because it’s a well-rounded high-proof gin with bright citrus notes and a black pepper finish.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Lime Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

This Gimlet features citrus and botanical aromas plus the indistinguishable smoothness of the gin, with its juniper note at the forefront and savory peppery finish at the end, while the citrus and other botanicals are complimented by the lime and sugar.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both enjoyed this tart gin cocktail. While sipping it, we couldn’t help imagining we’d landed at a busy port and were enjoying the local spirits before heading back to sea.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 Lime Wedge

Method
1

Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 Lime Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime wedge.

Gimlet

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

 Brain Duster: A rye cocktail made with absinthe, sweet vermouth, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a lemon twist

 Blood & Sand: A Scotch cocktail made with cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and a cherry

Leave a comment