2 ounces Gin
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup (or to taste)
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. The Gin Gimlet may also be served on the rocks, if preferred.
Garnish with a lime twist.
The Classic Gin Gimlet is served with fresh lime juice, but if you prefer, you may substitute Roses Lime Juice for the real stuff and the simple syrup. There is a fascinating history of the Gin Gimlet here, which debunks many a myth fond on the internet (undoubtedly cut and pasted from site to site. But for a quick gloss, read the following.
This recipe made its debut at the brink of prohibition, so it is surprising in some ways that it has regained popularity. Perhaps it is because of the wide availability of Roses’s Lime Juice.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first written reference to the drink was in 1928:
“D. B. Wesson I’ll never be Cured iii. 73 The ‘Gimlet’ we were introduced to‥at the Golf Club: and it proved to be the well and flavorably known ricky, but described as ‘gin, a spot of lime, and soda’.”
Indeed, the Rose’s lime juice theory is supported by this 1958 reference also found in the OED:
“1954 R. Chandler Long Good-bye (1959) iii. 18 A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else.”
If Raymond Chandler says so……