“A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.” -Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
A good cocktail doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, when a cocktail - a really good cocktail - can easily be made with only two ingredients, it’s a real thing of beauty. Something like the Gin Gimlet. It’s gin, it’s lime cordial, and that’s it. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. It’s refreshingly tart from the lime cordial and herbal from the gin. It tastes far more complex than one would think from its short list of ingredients. For a warm springy afternoon, it’s perfect.
Now, the gimlet may only have two ingredients, but you can adjust their ratio to your liking. Per Raymond Chandler, a real gimlet should be equal parts gin and lime cordial, and I find that I tend to agree with him. However, if that seems a bit too sour for your liking, a 2:1 gin to lime cordial ratio may be more to your liking. Regardless of your ratio of choice, the fact remains that when it comes to simple mixology, the gimlet is king. Honestly, we should probably all be drinking more of them.
2 oz gin
2 oz FIX Lime Cordial
Lime wedge for garnish
Combine gin and lime cordial in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. Take a drink and channel your inner Phillip Marlowe.
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