The Gimlet emerged from the British navy as a solution for increasing intake of citrus and preventing scurvy, but you don't need to be a sailor to enjoy this rich, citrusy and boozy drink.
The cocktail features cordial — candied citrus juice rendered stable at room temperature. Sailors would mix cordial with rum, while officers would mix it in equal parts with gin. As ice became increasingly available and central to cocktail making, this ratio has been reduced. If you’re looking for a store-bought cordial, we recommend Rose’s, but it will always taste better to make your own.
What you need
- 2 oz. London dry gin
- 1 oz. lime cordial
- 0.5 oz. lime juice
- lime wheel for garnish
How it's made
Combine gin, cordial and lime juice with ice and shake, then strain into a coupe or rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Here's how to make our lime cordial. Zest 8-12 limes and set zest aside. Juice all the limes. Weigh the juice and measure out an equivalent amount of sugar. Pour lime and sugar into a sealable container and add zest. Seal, shake until sugar is dissolved, and leave to infuse for 24 hours. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. It will keep in the fridge for ... a month maybe? We've never had the opportunity to test this. It’s usually consumed in a week or two.