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