A Gimlet is in the Lime Light.
Here is how to mix the PERFECT one.
2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
2/3 oz Lime juice (fresh)
Slice and squeeze many limes. (The more the better – I always say) Then –
Method One (high road): In a shaker filled 3/4 of the way with ice, combine gin and juice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass.
Method Two (low road as shown above): No shaker, just a plastic cup for the beach. Add your desired amount of ice, combine gin and fresh lime juice.
The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930) proposes a stirred mixture of half gin and half Rose’s lime juice back in the day. Later versions swapped vodka as the base and replaced sweetened lime juice with the fresh stuff. The improvisation doesn’t have to stop there — once you’ve mastered the classic Gimlet, try a few recipe modifications:
Adapted from Epicurious
2 large cucumbers
1/2 cup gin
4 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
Lime wedges, for garnish
Peel and cut cucumbers, place in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Mix 1 cup cucumber juice, lime juice, and simple sugar in a shaker filed 3/4 with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into cocktail glasses.
2 oz gin
4 pieces fresh basil
2/3 oz fresh lime juice
In a mixing glass, muddle basil in lime juice. Add ice and gin. Shake vigorously, strain into cocktail glasses.