An Excuse to Drink – Jul 23, 1888: Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler

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The Gimlet

-From Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide

The Gimlet was first popularized in America when Chandler’s detective Philip Marlowe introduced the cocktail in The Long Goodbye.  This is one of the only drinks where you MUST use the Rose’s preserved lime juice instead of fresh, as Gimlet connoisseurs demand the original formula and may be alienated if you play around with it too much. To quote Chandler: “A real Gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.”

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice

Garnish: Lime wedge

Glass: Cocktail or Rocks

Pour gin and lime juice into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge. The Gimlet can also be served on the rocks in an Old-Fashioned glass.

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  1. liliales says

    Cool! I’ll have to reread that book. But recipe’s still too sweet for me. I make it 4:1 instead of 2:1, with 3 oz gin and 3/4 oz lime juice. And even though Rose’s is standard, in the U.S. it now has high fructose corn syrup, which is just silly, so I use Stirrings. :-)

  2. gpriebe says

    Good advice! The Mrs. and I got a 6 month subscription to Stirrings as a thank you gift once and we loved their products. Will have to seek out their version!


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