Take a Moment: Lime juice plus gin equals gimlet

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Close out the summer with this classic summer cocktail. The gimlet was conceived by the British Navy as a remedy to prevent scurvy, combining their rations of gin and lime juice. In fact the name was inspired by a "gimlet," the corkscrew-like device used to tap into the lime juice kegs.

According to "The Ultimate Bar Book" by Mittie Hellmich, a key ingredient in the gimlet is Rose's lime juice, which was introduced by Lauchlin Rose of Scotland as another preventive for scurvy in 1867.

In "The Long Goodbye," writer Raymond Chandler glamorized the drink for the masses when his character, detective Philip Marlowe, said, "A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else."


  • 1 1/4 ounces of gin
  • 1 1/4 ounces Rose's lime juice
  • Lime wedge

Stir the gin and lime juice in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the lime wedge into the drink.

-- "The Ultimate Bar Book"


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