Gin – 2 ½ ounces
Simple Syrup – ½ ounce
Lime juice – ½ ounce
- Pour ice into a shaker.
- Pour all the ingredients into the shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
It tastes better in a chilled cocktail glass. Chill the glass for a few minutes before mixing.
If you are not a gin fan, you can make a vodka gimlet instead. Same rules; 2 ½ ounces of vodka.
Feel free to use 2 ounces of Gin instead if the drink is too strong.
Click here for my simple syrup recipe.
For fans of Phillip Marlowe (The detective books by Raymond Chandler), don’t bother following Chandler’s recipe for a gimlet unless you want your face to pucker. In the book, A Long Goodbye, Marlowe chats about a friend and says this: “We sat in a corner of the bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. ‘They don’t know how to make them here,’ he said. ‘What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.” You should follow my recipe instead.
I am usually not a gin fan. I rarely order a gin drink from a bar. If I were to order a gin drink, a Gimlet would be the drink. When I have gin drinkers over my house, this is what I serve them and I’ll enjoy a glass as well.
Hey, Super John! Cheers.