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Gentlemen, Start Your Gimlets!

Jack Bettridge
Posted: May 25, 2012

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In you’re in an establishment with a so-called bar chef, you may have to make sure he goes the Rose’s route and doesn’t try to trick it out with the aforementioned fresh lime and simple syrup. If you’re in a lesser saloon, be careful that the drinks-slinger doesn’t try to slip you some vodka in place of gin…unless that’s what you want, but that has another name: Vodka Gimlet. If that’s what you want, order it that way.

As when building Manhattans, you should keep in mind the spirit brand you’re using when determining the proportions. Such fuller-flavored gins as Tanqueray and Beefeater’s can handle more lime juice. The new style lighter gins like Bombay, you don’t want to swamp with too much citrus. If you’re braving Dutch-style gins, ramp up the Rose’s.

Of course, our prescriptive of serving straight up is only a guideline. If having the ice right in the glass makes it for you, so be it. After all this a drink made to cool you off and can stand some dilution, which is more than we can say for milk.

Gin Gimlet

3-5 parts gin
1 part Rose’s Lime Juice
lime wheel garnish

Shake gin and Rose’s with ice, strain into a cocktail glass or pour over ice in an Old-Fashioned glass. Add garnish.

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Comments   2 comment(s)

Andrew Sobota — King George, VA, USA,  —  May 26, 2012 8:27pm ET

I'll give that a try. Besides a classic margarita with 1800 and Cointreau, I prefer a Limon and Tonic in the summer. 

Robin Kaufman — Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  —  May 29, 2012 2:53am ET

Make your own lime cordial!! Its so easy, and waaaaay tastier, and takes 5 mins of prep.

1. make a 1:1 simple syrup. (equal parts sugar to water)
2. zest as many limes as you want with a potato peeler, avoiding too much pith (about 15-20 limes)
3. Juice those limes
4. Take that juice and put it in a big jar with an equal amount of simple syrup, and all the zests.
5. Let mixture sit 3 days in fridge, strain. DONE!

GIMLET Recipe:
2oz Gin of your choosing (london dry works well)
1oz Lime Cordial
Shake, Strain over large ice cubes , Drink.

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