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Jul 13, 2012

Gin Gimlet

Happy Friday.

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.

Gin Gimlet
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.


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  1. Do you ever juice a bunch of limes and make lime ice cubes for when you don't happen to have fresh limes? I do that with lemons so I can always have fresh lemon juice, and lime juice infused with mint for mojitos (because the mint only grows in the summer).

    1. I've done it with lemons and nectarines. We are so lucky to have limes all year long. We have 5 tiny trees in pots that are very prolific.


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