The Gimlet

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What is a Gimlet?

A refreshing variation of a gin martini. Lime and gin are perfect partners in this classic cocktail. A Gimlet is a great drink for any season.

Preparation couldn’t be easier. Gin and Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice are the only ingredients besides ice.

Gimlet History

Originally the proportions were equal parts gin to Rose’s Lime Juice as described by 1930’s Savoy Cocktail Book. Through the years the amount of lime juice decreased. Much the same happened to the Martini, where now we just use a hint of vermouth. Todays gimlet uses just a hint of lime making the drink on par with a martini. Feel free to add a little more lime juice if you want a bit more lime flavor. A gimlet should be predominantly gin. If you want a more sour drink, try a gin sour using our Whiskey Sour recipe and substituting gin for the whiskey.

If gin isn’t your thing feel free to use vodka. The drink loses the botanical flavors, but you can round out the drink with a drop or two of bitters. We like the lemon bitters by Fee Brothers in ours, but classic Angostura bitters work also.

Gimlet Recipe


2.5 ounces gin or vodka
.5 ounces Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
Garnish: Lime wheel.

In a mixing glass half filled with ice, combine the gin or vodka with Rose’s lime juice.
Stir well.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

A note on Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
Outside of the US, Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice is called Rose’s Cordial.


You may also like our Martini Recipe, with variations for dry, perfect, and dirty martinis.

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