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Gimlet
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4.66 / 5
The Gimlet is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 19th century and has remained a popular choice for gin lovers ever since. The cocktail’s name is believed ... more The Gimlet is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 19th century and has remained a popular choice for gin lovers ever since. The cocktail’s name is believed to have originated from the tool used to measure liquor on British naval ships, known as a "gimlet." The combination of zesty lime juice, strong gin, and sweet sugar syrup creates a refreshing and balanced flavor profile. The tartness of the lime juice is mellowed out by the sweetness of the syrup, while the gin adds a botanical depth to the drink. Whether served on the rocks or straight up, the Gimlet is a timeless and sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
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1928
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Gin
Garnish
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Lime
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26.67% | 2.4 units *
Details
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Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Gimlet masterfully balances the clear, piney notes of gin with the zing of fresh lime juice, complemented by a touch of sweetness from sugar syrup, creating a robust yet refreshingly straightforward sip. This cocktail’s enduring appeal lies in its simplicity, offering a tart and sweet harmony that highlights gin's botanical qualities, making it a perennial favorite among both casual drinkers and connoisseurs.

Method
How to make a Gimlet

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lime slice and serve
~ Alternatively as the photo shows, serve on the rocks in a lowball glass. ~

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history of the Gimlet?

The Gimlet has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century, originally used by British Royal Navy sailors to prevent scurvy. The drink was made from gin and lime juice, a natural source of Vitamin C. It's believed to be named after Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette, who allegedly first mixed the drink.

FAQ

Can I use different types of gin for a Gimlet?

Absolutely! While traditionally made with London Dry Gin, you can experiment with other types of gin like Plymouth, Old Tom, or even American craft gins to give your Gimlet a unique twist. Each type of gin will bring its own flavor profile to the cocktail.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Gimlet?

Yes, a non-alcoholic or mocktail version of the Gimlet can easily be made by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply using more lime juice and sugar syrup. You can also find non-alcoholic gin alternatives in the market that mimic the flavor of traditional gin.

FAQ

What is the significance of the cocktail glass in serving a Gimlet?

The cocktail glass, often called a martini glass, is significant as it maintains the cold temperature of the drink and presents the Gimlet in an elegant way. Its wide-brim design allows for the aroma of the lime and gin to be appreciated with each sip.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness or tartness of a Gimlet?

To adjust the taste of your Gimlet, you can alter the ratio of lime juice to sugar syrup. For a sweeter drink, increase the amount of sugar syrup, and for a more tart drink, increase the lime juice. It's all about finding the right balance for your palate.

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