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How to Make a Gin Gimlet

With just gin and Rose's, you've got a cocktail that'll stave off scurvy.

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Yields: 1 serving
Total Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Ingredients
2 oz.

im电竞官网-London dry gin

2/3 oz.

im电竞官网-Rose's lime juice

Directions
  1. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. 
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime.

A two-ingredient cocktail is a delight. You know, how a whiskey soda shakes out a week's worth of cobwebs, and a gin and tonic melts tension from tight shoulders. But even these simple drinks have their little intricacies. You've got to get finicky with the bubbles in a highball, and buy the exact right kind of tonic for the G&T for fear it'll taste like stale 7Up. There's room for user error. And so we suggest adding another two-ingredient cocktail to your rotation that's quite literally impossible to muck up: the Gin Gimlet.

im电竞官网- The Gin Gimlet comes straight from the bottle—a bottle of London dry gin and a bottle of sweetened Rose's lime juice, no room for user error. It is a wide-awake kind of tart, with the lime lifting the piney gin into mouth-puckering territory, counterbalancing the herbaceous with the acerbic, then finishing it off with a touch of sweet. It is, like any good two-ingredient cocktail, a delight. Easy to make, and then make again, a couple Gin Gimlets ease you nicely from a work day into an evening.

A Little Background

As if it wasn't plain as day, the Gin Gimlet is a British drink. Gin is, well, gin. In the old days, you'd be booted out of the British aristocracy if you didn't sip it regularly. Rose's lime concentrate is British as well, invented in the late 1800s by a Scot named Lauchlin Rose as a way to preserve lime without the use of alcohol. It's said that the gimlet was soon after invented by Sir Thomas Gimlette, a British Royal Navy medical officer who wanted to prevent scurvy and thought plying the ranks with gin and Rose's lime juice was a good means of doing it. Or so the story goes. It developed something of a hardened persona from appearances in Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," a story about betrayal and cowardice, and Raymond Chandler's 1953 detective novel The Long Goodbyeim电竞官网-. These days, Gin Gimlet recipes will often call for simple syrup and fresh lime juice as a substitute, but if you want it the right way, the historic way, Rose's it is.

If You Like This, Try These

The Gimlet is a class of cocktails unto itself, and so the natural next step is to try a Vodka Gimlet, which simply swaps gin with vodka for a less pungent flavor, or a Mezcal Gimlet, which is an interesting twist. In the realm of other gin classics, there's the G&T (be purposeful in your tonic water choices), the Tom Collins and the Gin Rickey (be purposeful in your bubble choices), and lastly, the Gin Martini.

What You Need

Here’s what you need to do a Gin Gimlet justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.

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