“A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else” – Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye.
Author and mixologist, Gary Regan, claims the Gimlet gets its name from the navy surgeon, Sir Thomas D. Gimlette, who encouraged his messmates to take their gin with a healthy dash of lime as a way of preventing scurvy.
This classic cocktail has stirred up quite the debate; mixologists often argue over the proper ingredients. Some claim the cocktail calls for Rose’s Lime Juice. Others assert the cocktail should be comprised of fresh lime juice and powdered sugar.
The Savoy Cocktail Book and the Old Mr. Boston’Bartender’s Guide both call for fresh lime juice. However, you’ll note a significant difference in the recipes:
Savoy Cocktail Book
-1/2 oz gin
-1/2 oz lime
Stir and Serve
Old Mr. Boston Bartender’s Guide
-Juice of 1 lime
-1 Barspoon of powdered sugar
-1 1/2 oz. Gin
Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass, and top off with carbonated water.
The Barrister’s Barroom followed Old Mr. Boston’s recipe. Cheers!