The Classic Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

The Classic Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

The Gimlet was originally consumed by sailors to ward off scurvy. Get your own daily dose of gin and citrus with this all-time classic.

Beginning in the 19th century, the Gimlet was initially promoted by officers of the British navy to ward off scurvy - a ghastly disease brought on by Vitamin C deficiency. Medical officers enticed sailors to take their daily dose of citrus by bundling it together with their daily gin ration. From there, the drink has taken on a life of its own. It soon became popular not just for the health benefits, but also for its delicious and well-balanced taste. Don’t be fooled by imitation recipes on the internet though, this drink should be made stirred with lime cordial. Other recipes call for fresh lime juice and sugar to be shaken, and whilst delicious, this is an altogether different drink - really that’s a gin sour.

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60ml Gin
20ml Lime Juice Cordial

Garnish Lime peel

Ice Cubes (for stirring only)

Glass Cocktail glass

Equipment Checklist

Mixing Glass Mixing Spoon
Strainer Jigger

Recommended Gins

Plymouth Gin
Ester Spirits Strong Gin


1. Add all your ingredients to the mixing glass/tin.

2. Fill mixing glass with cubes of ice.

3. Stir for 30 seconds - 1 minute (until the mixing glass/tin is frosty).

4. Strain into an ice-cold cocktail glass.

5. Garnish with lime peel.

Bartender’s Top Tips

The classic recipe specifically calls for Roses lime juice cordial. Make sure you buy a high quality Lime juice based cordial, that is all natural with no artificial flavours. Otherwise, you could try your hand at making one! See a great recipe here.

Remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

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