Cocktail Chronicles 010: Gimlet


Gimlet in an amehla co. nick and nora

Why did the internet pirate get scurvy?

... He couldn't use LimeWire anymore.

Perhaps a bit cheesy, I know. Also, an indication of my age due to the lime wire reference. And if I’m being honest, as I’m analyzing this ‘joke,’ it makes much more sense that an internet pirate would get scurvy as a consequence of using LimeWire. Now, the importance of that does not have much to do with this week’s featured cocktail 

The thing that does tie the joke to this cocktail is SCURVY.

The Gimlet is a cocktail that was born out of the result of attempting to prevent scurvy. It was the plan of the Royal Navy in the mid-nineteenth century to pair gin with the scurvy preventing ingredient of lime juice in order to get its sailors to willingly consume lime juice. I don’t blame them, drinking lime juice is not something I want to consume neat; however, add some gin and a bit of a sweetening agent and you’ll have me consuming 2x or 3x my daily recommended dose of scurvy preventing lime juice due to the gimlet being incredibly refreshing. That is likely why it gained popularity outside of the circles of sailors attempting to not fall ill with scurvy. 

 Gimlet being poured into an amehla co. honeycomb nick and nora cocktail glass

gimlet in an amehla co. honeycomb nick and nora cocktail glass

gimlet in a honeycomb nick and nora cocktail glass from amehla co.

Ingredients:

  • 2 OUNCES GINE
  • ¾ OUNCES LIME JUICE
  • ¾ OUNCES SIMPLE SYRUP

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker or whatever you have readily available at home (e.g., mason jar or blender bottle). 
  2. Add ice to shaker and shake until chilled. 
  3. Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora or coupe. 
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.