Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet is one of the best known gin sours you’ll find. It recently got its comeback in the TV series Mad Men, where it serves as Betty Draper's favorite drink. The cocktail is pretty simple minded, some might say one dimensional drink, but it gets the job done and it does it well. In the heat and humidity of summer, this drink can cut through the thick of it all and refreshingly quench your thirst and uplift your spirit! The best part is that it’s very easy to make, as only a few ingredients is needed.

The drink can be made in two different variations: The Classic Gimlet and The Modern Gimlet. Most bartenders stick to the classic recipe with gin and Rose’s Lime, while others go with the modern alternative and substitutes the Rose’s Lime with a mix of fresh lime and sugar syrup.

What is the best Gimlet recipe?
We cannot tell which one is the best as both versions offers something unique. The classic with Rose’s Lime Juice offers a strange and unique flavor that many purists seek in their Gimlets. However we believe that it’s too narrow minded to always say that the old ways is the only way. Especially as drinks evolve all the time as new methods, proportions and variations pop up. So we leave the choice to you.

No matter what choice you make, it is important that you use a good gin. We suggest you go with a Hendricks, because of its particularly rich flavor that works fantastically in this drink or a Bombay Sapphire which provides a more botanical flavor.


The Classic Gimlet
  • 6.00 cl Gin (Preferably Hendricks gin)
  • 2.00 cl Rose's Lime
  • Ice
  • Martini Cocktail glass
The Modern Gimlet
  • 5.00 cl Gin
  • 1.50 cl Simple Syrup
  • 1.00cl Fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Martini Cocktail glass


  1. The gimlet is made in 4 easy steps. First get a mixing glass and pour in your gin of choice Pouring in gin
  2. Pour in the Rose's Lime Adding roses lime on top
  3. Add ice and stir drink Stirring gimlet cocktail
  4. Finally, fine strain it or simply pour it in a cocktail glass without the ice cubes. Fine straining gimlet cocktail for ice
  5. Enjoy your sour gin cocktail


The history of the Gimlet is a special one. Most people have heard a bit of the myth, so here’s a quick summary: The story of the Gimlet began with the Royal Navy and the Merchant Shipping Act of 1867, which required all of the royal navy’s ships to provide a daily lime ration to sailors to prevent scurvy. A certain Lauchlan Rose patented the method used to preserve citrus juice without alcohol, which today is known as Rose’s Lime Juice. The Gimlet was first served by a British naval surgeon by the name of Thomas D. Gimlette as a way to get his sailors to drink lime juice.

It’s a nice story. Unfortunately, much of it make little to no sense, as the Merchant Shipping Act of 1867 had absolutely nothing to do with the Royal Navy, as they were two separate organizations, bound by different regulations and laws. Mr. Rose did however invent a booze free beverage.

Despite the doubtful “marketing” histories that claim otherwise, Royal Navy sailors were actually getting their rations of rum and lime as early as 1795. Sailors were drinking rum, while the officers were given Gin, as they could not drink the same liquor as a common sailor.

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