Gimlet Cocktail

by Amy Stafford on May 18, 2013

The Great Gatsby is a book almost everyone has read, and enjoyed and the movie came out last weekend.  We haven’t seen it yet, but its on the to do list.  When thinking of the movie I wanted to pick a ‘Gatsby’ like cocktail.  I immediately thought of my DC Rickey Cocktail, which is one of my favorites and I am still ordering it when we go out.  Really the Gimlet is a martini version of the DC Rickey Cocktail, so it seemed like the perfect cocktail to showcase today.

The Gimlet was originally called the Gimlette, and was named after the naval surgeon who created the drink as a means to give lime juice to sailors for the prevention of scurvy.   Sounds like a great way to get your vitamin C to me, see I am all about your health!

The Gimlet is a summer refresher.  At the end of a hot day, when sipped on a porch or patio and especially when sipped while wearing anything made of seersucker, the Gimlet goes down with the greatest of ease.  Doing a bit of research on this drink it was made movie star famous in the movie The Long Goodbye which is based of the novel of the same name.

“The bartender set the drink in front of me. With the lime juice it has a sort of pale greenish yellowish misty look. I tasted it. It was both sweet and sharp at the same time. The woman in black watched me. Then she lifted her own glass towards me. We both drank. Then I knew hers was the same drink.” –Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye.

Gimlet Gin Lime Juice Simple Syrup

Gimlet Gin Lime Juice Simple Syrup

Gimlet Cocktail
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Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces Gin
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice or Roes's lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ice
  • Lime wedge
  1. In a martini shaker add all ingredients and shake vigorously, pour in martini glass.
  2. Serve garnished with lime wedge.


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Denise May 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I was thinking of the gimlet the other day, as I haven’t had one is so long. In fact it has probably been years. Definitely makes for the perfect summer time drink.


Amy Stafford May 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi Denise,
How are you and Lenny doing? Hope all is well with you two in sunny Cali. We need to do a hangout soon.
xo Amy


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