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Gimlet, Swank Cocktail #38

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Gimlet cocktail
Gimlet cocktail

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. 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.

Harry McElhone, Harry‘s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, 1930, p. 43, no. 110, Gimlet.

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.

Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930, p. 75, Gimlet Cocktail.

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.”

Helen Muir, The Madding Crowd, Viva La Gimlet, newspaper article, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 17 Mar 1939, p. 13, col. 3.
Helen Muir, The Madding Crowd, Viva La Gimlet, newspaper article, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 17 Mar 1939, p. 13, col. 3.

Gimlet cocktail recipe

Gimlet cocktail recipe
Gimlet cocktail recipe

1/2 English Gin, 1/2 Rose’s Lime Juice. Stir gently and add ice cubes.

Ingredients used:

  • Highclere Castle Gin
  • Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice

Gimlet cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸)

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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 a current common practice, there’s something cool about going old school with Rose’s.

Next up… Cocktail # 39, Gin and Tonic cocktail

Swank Cocktail Guide: 80 cocktails in 80 days

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