The Gimlet

Laura and I sure like to bend an elbow now and again, especially on Fridays after a week of work. Sweet liquor eases the pain. And I've been working very slowly through my Mr. Boston Official Bartender's and Party Guide for fun. So, every once and a while I'll share with you a post on a new drink that we're trying.

Our alcohol-tinged focus was on mojitos a week and a half ago.

This week, our drink of choice is the Gimlet. It's a little reminiscent of a gin and tonic, but more limey. Perfect for a summer day (or in light of the crappy cold weather we're having lately, perfect for dreaming of a summer day). Delicious!

What you will need:
Two martini glasses (or small cocktail glasses will do)
A shot glass
Limes and/or lime juice
Gin (this is the most important part)
Powdered sugar
A cocktail shaker (something like this or this would be fine. I would go with something with at least 16 ounces of capacity so you can easily mix two drinks up at once).
Measuring spoons (if you don't have a set of these you must be new to this blog!)

Here's how to make it:
(Makes one, so double everything for two people)
Pour 1 shot lime juice and 1 shot gin into a cocktail shaker.
Add 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (can add 1-1/2 teaspoons for a slightly sweeter drink) and stir with a spoon until sugar is mostly dissolved.
Add ice, close up the shaker (this is one of the more important steps to remember) and shake the heck out of it. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass.
I also add a little lime peel or a wedge of lime for garnish.


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Anonymous said...

Thanks, this is our favorite drink. We order it all the time, even in the worst bar, I think it is really tough to mess up. Diana.

Anonymous said...

They don’t know how to make them here. What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.
—Terry Lennox in The Long Goodbye (1953) by Raymond Chandler

Daniel said...

Ahhhh, a fellow connoisseur of literature!!!

But I have to confess I love a martini too. Can't quite drink as many though... :)