Jul 13, 2012
The Gin Gimlet was originally created as a medicinal drink. Gin was considered a diuretic, and the lime was to prevent scurvy.
Evidently, the inventor was Sir T.O. Gimlette, a British naval physician from the 1800s. At least that is what my 1999 copy of the Williams Sonoma Bar Guide from Time Life Books says.
The recipe in the book calls for 2 1/2 oz of gin and 1 T. of Rose's Lime. That's a lot of gin and not much real lime.
I much prefer real lime sweetened with a bit of limeade concentrate. You can keep the limeade concentrate in your freezer and just spoon out what you need when you need it. It's amazing stuff.
2 oz gin (Hendrick's or Magellan's are my favorites)
Juice of 1 large or two small limes
1 1/2 tsp limeade concentrate
Place ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir or shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass or over ice in a double old-fashioned glass.