Have you ever wondered How do you make a Gin Gimlet? Its one of the gin drinks for summer! The humble gin Gimlet has long been favourited as one of the best gin sours around. They are surprisingly simple to make and really hit the spot on a hot summers day.
If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a very lime heavy cocktail that provides a sharp kick. It is a lovely light green colour and although sour and tart whilst also refreshing and sweet.
Its origins are less than glamourous as it was promoted to and drunk mainly by British sailors in the 19th Century. Limes are well known for preventing scurvy and so filling an alcoholic drink full of luscious limes was the best way to protect sailors from scurvy.
This article will explore an abbreviated history of the timeless classic gin Gimlet and also feature our favourite recipe to make the perfect serve every time.
The History of the Gimlet
Rumour has it that the humble gimlet was named after Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette. Sir Gimlette acted as a doctor to sailors and often treated them with a gimlet in order to prevent scurvy. Scurvy is a painful, harsh and often deadly disease that is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C.
He would encourage ship mates to drink lime juice in order to prevent scurvy. British sailors however had rum rations and so mixed the lime juice with this. This new alcoholic drink was first called “grog” and then later became known as “Limeys”
There are other however other theories around how the gimlet was created. Another being that the drink was named after the handtool (called a gimlet) that was used to bore into the barrels of spirits on Navy ships. The namesake being given due to the drinks affects of the alcohol “bore-ing” down into the system!
In 1867 a Scottish Entrepreneur produced a sweet preserve that could be used by sailors known as Roses Lime Cordial. This played an essential role in the history of Gimlet as it was the worlds first fresh fruit concentrate.
Gin Gimlet Recipe
Lime cordial can be purchased or made. We prefer to make our own cordial since it doesn’t contain any nasties plus it helps create a much nicer drink. If you’re short on time though we would recommend using Roses Lime Cordial in place of making your own.
Lime Cordial Ingredients
- 2 limes, zest and juice
- 200g caster sugar
- Grate the lime zest into a saucepan.
- Squeeze the juice from the limes into a measuring jug until you have 60ml.
- Top up the lime juice with water to make 100ml.
- Add the lime water into the pan with 200g of sugar.
- Heat very gently and stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Do not allow to boil.
- Strain the mixture and allow to cool
Gin Gimlet Ingredients
- 50ml lime cordial or homemade lime syrup (see above)
- 50ml Springmount Gin – you can use any of our gins but we think our Mint and Lime gin works best for the traditional gimlet. See below for variations.
- slice of lime to garnish (optional)
- Place your chosen glasses into the fridge to chill. Martini or coupe glasses work well but any glass will do.
- Pour 50ml of homemade or shop-bought lime cordial into a jug or your chosen glass.
- Add the gin and ice to your jug or glass.
- Garnish with a slice of lime if using.
Gin Gimlet Variations
Not one for lime? That’s perfectly fine. There are lots of simple substitutes to try and your only limits are your imagination. Here are our top picks:
The French Gimlet
The French Gimlet is more delicate than the traditional one. Use our Lavender and Lemongrass gin and substitute the lime for 1 part Elderflower Liqueur and ½ part freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake and then serve.
The Rosemary Gimlet
Swap tangy, sour lime for rosemary to create a piney herbal Gimlet. Use Springmount Strawberry and Raspberry gin to create a delicate sweetness. Replace the lime cordial for 1 part rosemary syrup and 1/2 freshly squeezed lime.
The perfect gin cocktail for summer
As you can see it’s really easy to create your own gin Gimlet. All it takes is some Springmount Gin and a syrup of your choice. Here are Springmount HQ we are always trying out new cocktails and recipes so we will be experimenting further to push the boundaries of the humble gimlet!
With the endless possibilities for creation, this means that even those people who cant stand limes are able to try out a gimlet or two to suit their own tastes!
We hope your enjoyed this article. If you do make your own gin Gimlets please tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We would love to see your creations and share them on our website.
Until Next Time