One of the shining gems among the classic cocktail set, the gimlet has long been appreciated as one of the best gin sours you will find. Lime is the citrus of choice for the recipe and when that is paired with a great gin, the drink is sweet, tart, and refreshing. It really is a cocktail you can easily fall in love with.
The unique sweetness of Rose's Lime Juice is typically used in this cocktail instead of fresh-squeezed juice. This is uncommon because we often preach that fresh ingredients make a better drink. In this case, a sweetened lime juice is preferred because the drink is simply too tart with straight lime.
If you have the time and desire to go fresh, a superior gimlet can be crafted by making your own lime cordial. Another option is to pour equal parts of fresh lime juice and simple syrup. You can also substitute the gin with vodka for a vodka gimlet.
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounces lime cordial
- Garnish: 1 lime wedge
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
- Stir well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
When you're ready to drink, it's really nice to wipe the rim with the lime wedge, gently squeeze it over the drink, then drop it in.
The Lime Cordial
You'll find that it's best to adjust the lime cordial to your personal taste. Some cordials are sweeter than others, so adjustments are often necessary.
For example, Rose's will likely be a little more tart than your homemade cordial, so you may find that you enjoy as little as 1/2 ounce when pouring Rose's.
If you choose to pour lime juice and simple syrup separately, begin with 1/2 ounce pour of each. Adjust to taste.
You have countless options for the gin of your gimlet. If you want to stay traditional, opt for a premium London dry gin. The botanicals used in that style both contrast and complement the lime and create a perfectly balanced cocktail.
That said, there's no reason to avoid any other gin. With the array of brands available today, you can really have fun putting a modern twist on this old favorite. For instance, a pour of the cucumber-forward Hendrick's can be really interesting, especially on hot summer days. Likewise, the apple mint, citrus, and spice of The Botanist creates a fascinating gimlet as well.
How Strong Is the Gimlet?
We are not going to lie, the gimlet is not a weak drink. The lime cordial does make it a little more gentle than the 62-proof martini, but it's still a drink that can sneak up on you.
If you pour it according to the recipe with an 80-proof gin, the gimlet weighs in around 24 percent alcohol by volume (48 proof). Its strength is one reason why cocktails like this are served short.