Updated: Mar 26, 2019
The Gimlet, concocted in 1928, is a staple among classic cocktails. Originally known as a Gin Sour, cocktail was half gin and half Rose's Lime Juice. Since then it has evolved into it a smooth, refreshing and light cocktail.
Where the name derived from is still contested. Some say it is named after a drilling tool used to drill small holes ( implying to its 'piercing' effect on the drinker). The gimlet could also have been named after Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB, who was the first to have said that when adding a lime cordial to the daily gin Royal Navy men could fight scurvy.
Regardless of where the name came from, the gimlet is hands down one of my favorite cocktails.
2 oz. of Gin
.25 oz of Simple Syrup
1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lime
Smooth jazz is highly recommended to set a mood. Start by adding gin, fresh squeezed lime and simple syrup to a shaker. Shake aggressively until the outside of the shake has started to condensate ( about 1 minute). Shave off a piece of rind from the lemon and express the oils into the empty glass. For an added touch swipe the lime rind around the rim of the glass. Strain your mix into the glass and garnish with a lime (if you like). Sit back in your mid-century modern chair and sip-sip away.