Back in April, we covered 20 classic cocktail recipes – the kinds of cocktail recipes that are known the world over… the kinds of cocktail recipes that appear in iconic movies, famous works of literature, and the world’s best known watering holes (which no one would ever refer to as “watering holes”).
The list was far from exhaustive. In fact, since then we’ve been digging up more and more cocktail recipes that could – and should – have appeared on the list, from obvious ones like the Whiskey Sour and Margarita, to the slightly less obvious (but still important) drinks like the Brandy Milk Punch and Bronx Cocktail.
Origin of the Gimlet
Today, we’re happy to right a wrong and share the Gimlet cocktail recipe with Amoretti Blog readers. The vodka gimlet – which began as a gin drink – is one of the world’s best-known and loved cocktail recipes. It’s also remarkably easy to make! Learn a little bit about the origins of the gimlet below:
- The word “gimlet” was first used to describe a drink in 1928. At that time, the primary use of the word was for a small tool for drilling holes through wood. Let that roll through your noodle.
- Sir Thomas Gimlette, a surgeon in the British Royal Navy (1879-1913), supposedly had his charges drink gin and lime juice in order to prevent scurvy. (Citruses help protect against the disease.) It’s thought that the gimlet may have been named after Sir Thomas Gimlette.
The ratio of vodka/gin to sweetened lime juice is hotly debated in the world of mixology. However, 3:1 and 4:1 (spirit: sweetened lime juice) both seem to be fairly standard ratios. (Though it’s not uncommon to come across 2:1 ratios either.) We’ve chosen to take the gimlet back to its roots with our version of the drink recipe, using gin instead of the now-popular vodka. We’re also fans of the 3:1 ratio for this drink.
Gimlet Cocktail Recipe
- 3 oz gin
- 2 pumps (~ 0.5 oz) Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar
- 0.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 lime wheel (garnish)
Add gin, blue agave nectar, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
If you’ve never had Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar before, pick up a bottle today. It has the great taste of simple syrup, but it’s made from organic blue agave nectar!