Tonight's Cocktail - The Gimlet

Larry Trask / Tuesday, April 9, 2013 @ 3:25 p.m. / Cocktail

Gimlet

"I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle," so said Raymond Chandler, novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter.  Famous for creating hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe, Chandler also wrote the screenplays for Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia and Strangers On A Train.  His drink of choice, when drinking, was the venerable gimlet.  We celebrate his brilliance tonight on The Cocktail Hour (6pm) by sipping a gimlet and listening to some loungy tunes.

Gimlet

2 oz, gin
1 oz. Rose's Lime Juice
Lime wedge

Pour gin and lime juice into a mixing glass filed with ice cubes.  Stir well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lime wedge.  (Can also be served on the rocks.)

NOTE:  Normally, when a fruit juice is used in a cocktail, I am a stickler for FRESH juice.  It just makes a world of difference.  But the gimlet is different.  Rose's Lime Juice is an essential part of the taste of a gimlet.  You can make the drink with fresh lime juice (and simple syrup), but I would argue that, while delicious, that's NOT a gimlet.

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