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Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

Aug 15, 2017 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
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As legend would have it, the Gin Gimlet was invented by British Royal Navy Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlet, sometime around the turn of the twentieth century.

Scurvy was a peril for all sailors who undertook long sea voyages without the ability to carry or procure many fresh fruits or vegetables. Limes were taken on board to combat the disease, which develops as a result of not getting enough vitamin-C. Scurvy causes fatigue, anemia, and bleeding – after which all your teeth fall out. Not a happy prospect. Unfortunately, the men of the British Navy weren’t too diligent about sucking on limes, so the good doctor recommended adding lime juice to their daily gin rations. The result was the Gimlet.

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There is much debate about the appropriate balance of Gin and lime juice. Early recipes called for equal measures of Gin and Rose’s Lime Syrup, which made a drink sweet enough to put your teeth on edge, never mind preventing them from falling out. You can still use a Lime syrup if you choose, but we’d recommend a 2 to 1 ratio of Gin and lime. The best Gimlet, however, is still made by squeezing fresh limes. You want to see all that vitamin-C packed pulp floating around on top of your glass!

You may also want to try a Vodka Gimlet – same proportions, just substitute Vodka for the Gin.

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  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Gin, lime juice and syrup.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass*.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

* Some prefer to strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Serve according to preference.




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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.


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