The Cocktail Gimlet is made with Gin (usually a Dry Gin, like Diplôme Dry Gin) and with neutral type of Vodka like the famous Smirnoff Red Label. Its name means “barrier” and has been associated with tools of drilling small holes. This cocktail is considered to be a ?barrier? because it penetrates every person who decides to try it.
This cocktail has been invented by Sir Thomas Gimlette, Admiral of the Royal Navy, who used to make this drink in order to generalize the consumption of lemon (and its vitamins) on the boat, to avoid scurvy.
The preparation of Cocktail Gimlet has some variants. The original recipe is:
- 4 parts of gin,
- 1 part of lime juice
- and a slice of lemon to garnish the cocktail glass.
Another variant in the preparation of this cocktail is given by David A. Embury in 1958:
- 2 ounces of gin
- 1/2 ounce of lime juice
- 1/4 ounce of simple syrup
- 1 slice of lemon
While William L. Hamilton said in 2002 to a review in The New York Times that Gimlet Cocktail Recipe was:
- 4 ounces of vodka
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1/2 ounces of Lemon
- Lemon slice for garnish
Gary Regan in the Bartender Bible presents the Gimlet Cocktail Recipe like that:
- 2 ounces of Plymouth Gin
- 1/2 ounce of lemon juice
- Slice of lemon
As you can see the possible variations of this cocktail are numerous and you will have to try several to choose your favorite. You could even create your own, who knows?
The Gimlet cocktail is not that famous compared to others that have appeared in books and blockbuster movies, but some consider it as a martini good enough to find its public.
This cocktail can be pleasant in hot climate. It is very simple to prepare and everyone added with the passage of time the ideal proportions to balance the flavors. Many people drink it ?on the rock?, it is not recommended to add water.