How to make a Gimlet cocktail

Gimlet cocktail

How to make a Gimlet cocktail

Navies of the 18th century (and earlier) had a problem, when their ships were away from land for a long time the crews succumbed to a debilitating disease called scurvey. The disease caused progressive tiredness, gum disease, bleeding from the skin and eventually death.  It wasn't until 1753 that Royal Naval Surgeon James Lind worked out that scurvy was caused by lack of vitamin C, and that lemons and limes were a great source of it. By 1799 the British navy had adopted his findings and lemons were carried on all ships.  These were later replaced by West Indian limes which, although they had 1/4 of the vitamin C that lemons did, were grown on plantations owned by members of parliament.......

In 1867 Lachlan Rose patented "Rose's Lime Juice" (which is still around today) and Parliament made it law that all ships had to provide a daily ration of lime juice to their crews. The final step in the legend is that Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette is supposed to have had the brainwave of mixing Rose's lime juice with Plymouth gin, creating the Gimlet.  The only issue with the story is he was 10 years old when Rose's lime juice was first made compulsory on all boats - maybe it just took a while for genius to strike?
It's another really simple yet delicious cocktail which works well with LinGin. As with a martini the proportions of the ingredients will cause an argument in any bar.


Original Recipe
🍸 50ml LinGin
🍸 50ml Rose's lime juice

Contemporary Recipe
🍸 60ml LinGin
🍸 30ml lime juice
🍸 15ml sugar syrup*
🍸 Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
🍸 Shake and then pour into a chilled glass
🍸 Garnish with lime peel
*To make sugar syrup, dissolve 300g of sugar in 150ml of water and wait for it to cool.  It will keep in the fridge for a month.

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