April 2010

The Gimlet

Green-Eyed Monster, Chilled photograph by NIGEL COX

gimlet Food styling: Jamie Kimm, Prop styling: Jared Lawton

It wasn’t until Raymond Chandler fixated on the gimlet in The Long Goodbye that the gin-and-lime cocktail caught on in America. Interestingly, the recipe calls for preserved lime juice instead of fresh. As Chandler wrote, “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.”

From The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks, by Dale DeGroff

2 ½ ounces gin (or vodka)
¾ ounce Rose’s lime juice
Cucumber slice or lime wedge

Combine the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and shake well. Strain into a small chilled martini glass. Garnish with cucumber or lime—or both. Serves one.