The Gimlet is cocktail number 38 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Gimlet cocktail history
In 1930, The Gimlet cocktail recipe was published in both Harry McElhone’s Harry‘s ABC of Mixing Cocktails and in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book.
110. GimletHarry McElhone, Harry‘s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, 1930, p. 43, no. 110, Gimlet.
1/2 Plymouth Gin, 1/2 Rose’s Lime Juice Cordial. Stir and serve in same glass. Can be iced if desired. A very popular beverage in the Navy.
Gimlet CocktailHarry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930, p. 75, Gimlet Cocktail.
1/2 Burrough’s Plymouth Gin
1/2 Rose’s Lime Juice Cordial
Stir, and serve in same glass. Can be iced if desired.
Interestingly, in 1939, an article ran in Miami regarding the Gimlet cocktail being quite popular with the French Canadians, although the article states the “drink is nothing more than a Tom Collins sugared with cointreau.”
Gimlet cocktail recipe
1/2 English Gin, 1/2 Rose’s Lime Juice. Stir gently and add ice cubes.
- Highclere Castle Gin
- Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
Gimlet cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
A favorite of ours, the Gimlet is simple, reliable, and oh so good. While replacing Rose’s Lime Juice with fresh lime juice and simple syrup is our common (and better) practice, there was something cool about going old school with Rose’s.
Next up… Cocktail # 39, Gin and Tonic cocktail