Gimlet, A Classic Gin Cocktail

Published ~ December 12th, 2020 | Updated ~ March 28th, 2021
Author ~ Carl Busch
Tags ~ Gin |

We almost always have lime, gin, and simple syrup in our home bar. With these 3 ingredients I can enjoy one of my new favorites, a Gimlet, pretty much anytime.

Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 oz blaum brothers gin
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .75 oz simple syrup
Simple Syrup
blaum brothers gin
fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into tin
  2. Add ice
  3. Shake for 15 seconds
  4. Double strain into glass
  5. Garnish with lime wheel

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When Carl and I go out for drinks, we gravitate toward house specialties a lot of the time. Recently, though, I've been getting into classic cocktails.

A while ago, we met a friend for drinks, and I decided to sample a gimlet. Now, it's my go-to cocktail.

Gimlets are great! They're one of the easiest drinks to make, which is excellent for me since I am a beginner at this mixology thing.

I decided to make myself a Gimlet at home. So, after rolling his eyes at my enthusiasm, Carl walked me through his standard recipe.

Some recipes call for two ingredients, Rose's lime cordial and gin. Carl prefers to use fresh lime juice, and I agree with him. So, we replaced the Rose's with fresh lime juice and simple syrup.

Then, I played mad scientist and made not one but four versions of the Gimlet, using the same ratios but different gins. I ended up with three pretty good gimlets and one I wouldn't make again.

The takeaway from my experiment is this: If you like the gin you put in, you're going to like the Gimlet it creates.

For this video, I used my favorite version from that day. Blaum Brothers Gin is floral and more coriander forward than many other gins, whose flavor profiles are juniper heavy.

Coriander, also known as cilantro to Americans, compliments lime as much as peanut butter does jelly.

The traditional garnish of a lime wheel creates a simple yet elegant presentation for this classic cocktail.

We hope you are inspired to make your own Gimlet and that you enjoy it as much as I do.

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