Gimlet Up

Posted by on Nov 5, 2008 in Gin | No Comments

Allard_gimletThe First Time

Each time Gary makes a gimlet for me, I think of the first one. It was at his apartment after dinner with friends. The crack of ice and gin in the metal shaker was impressive, especially considering we hadn’t planned on staying. At the time, gin and tonic was my go-to drink, but when G poured my cocktail glass alarmingly full, and I brought the limey sugar rim to my lips, I was instantly mesmerized. This Thursday was no exception.

Here’s his surprisingly literary inspiration, the tunes we playedicon, and his adapted recipe of the gimlet  …

The Inspiration

Philip Marlowe, the detective in Raymond Chandler’s classic mystery novel, The Long Goodbye, from the 50s, drinks a gimlet. But when I make it his way, it turns out acidic and too sweet. The older recipes I tried are cloudy with fresh lime. I combine those two ideas — fresh lime, simple syrup, and Roses — for the right balance.


The Drink: Gimlet Up, adapted from the classics

  • 3 parts gin
  • 1 part mix of fresh lime juice and Roses lime juice
  • splash of simple syrup

Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass that’s rimmed with sugar. Garnish with lime wheel.

Nonalcoholic version: replace gin with soda water

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