Crafting the Perfect Classic Gimlet

Just what the doctor ordered

From scurvy-fighting, to Pinterest worthy, this Gimlet, made with Hendricks gin and homemade lime cordial, is a simple cocktail enjoyed by gin lovers everywhere!

This classic Gimlet recipe is just what the doctor ordered

This Gin cocktail has a fascinating story that takes us back to the high seas. The Gimlet was originally invented to battle scurvy. In the 1860’s, Mr. Lauchlin Rose created a lime juice based cordial for sailors to take on long voyages. Sailors, being sailors, began to add liquors such as Gin, Rum, and Whiskey to the cordial and the Gimlet, as we know it, was born.

Lime cordial is a simple combination of lime juice and simple syrup. This mixer can be enjoyed in cocktails or over ice with club soda. You could substitute the lime cordial for 1 ounce of Rose’s Lime Juice, but if you have sulfite allergies I’d stick to homemade, as Rose’s contains sodium metabisulfite.

When crafting the perfect Gimlet, one must pay attention to the type of gin used. Many traditional Gimlet recipes are made with Navy Strength English [either London or Plymouth] gin. Navy Strength gin is 57 percent alcohol, so it can pack a punch.

If you aren’t a fan of that, a New Wave gin, like Hendrick’s, might be right up your alley. New Wave gins put less emphasis on juniper and more on other botanical flavors, so if your issue with Gin is the juniper, this might be the type of gin to try.

With a tip off to Victorian style and curiosity, Hendrick’s gin is as delicious as their packaging is pretty. I’m guilty of keeping a box or two because of the artwork. I’m a fan of Hendrick’s because its cucumber flavor makes this gin more enjoyable. It also pairs deliciously with our homemade lime cordial in this classic Gimlet recipe.

So thank a sailor next time you raise a glass and enjoy a Gimlet.

Try this recipe for this super simple Gimlet cocktail!

Classic Gimlet

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 2½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Lime Wheel for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker


Classic Gimlet: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10.3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 8.8 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 1.4

You won't have to worry about scurvy with this Gimlet recipe

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