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The Gimlet cocktail is a timeless and refreshing libation known for its simplicity and tangy flavor. Originating in the 19th century, its exact origins are debated, but it gained widespread popularity among sailors in the British Navy as a way to prevent scurvy due to its inclusion of lime juice. Today, the Gimlet remains a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts for its crisp and citrusy taste.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) gin

  • 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) lime juice (freshly squeezed)

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

  • Lime wheel or twist for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of gin into the shaker.

  3. Add 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) of freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker.

  4. Pour in 15 ml (1/2 oz) of simple syrup.

  5. Secure the shaker lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and properly mix the flavors.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass or over ice in a rocks glass.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a lime wheel or twist.

Flavor Profile:

The Gimlet cocktail offers a delightful balance of tartness from the lime juice, sweetness from the simple syrup, and the botanical notes of gin. It's a crisp and refreshing drink that's perfect for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Gin: Selecting the right gin is key to a perfect Gimlet. Opt for a quality gin with a balanced botanical profile that complements the citrusy notes of the cocktail.

  • Fresh Lime Juice: Using freshly squeezed lime juice is essential for a Gimlet with bright and vibrant flavors. Avoid bottled lime juice, as it may lack the freshness and acidity of freshly squeezed juice. Taking the extra time to use fresh lime juice truly makes a difference in the quality of the cocktail.

  • Simple Syrup Preparation: Making your own simple syrup at home is easy and ensures a consistent sweetness level in your Gimlet. Simply dissolve equal parts sugar and water over low heat, then let it cool before using.

  • Glassware Choice: While traditionally served in a coupe glass, the Gimlet can also be enjoyed over ice in a rocks glass for a more casual presentation. I prefer serving my Gimlet in a rocks glass over ice, especially on hot summer days. The ice helps to chill the drink quickly and adds a refreshing touch to the cocktail.

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