Sir Thomas Gimlette – a British surgeon, who was looking for a way to prevent scurvy in British sailors, invented the drink in the late 19th century. The lime juice in the drink contains a large concentration of Vitamin C, and so by combining it with the sailors’ daily ration of Gin, he was able to ensure they would stay healthy on their long voyages. Interestingly enough, this is why British sailors are referred to as “limeys”.
Gimlets are supposed to be made using Gin. However, just like with the Martini, there are people who think they don’t like Gin so they make the drink with vodka instead. If you do that, then you aren’t making a Gimlet – you’re just kidding yourself.
Most people find that this is too much lime juice, and I would have to agree. My preference is the following:
- 1 ½ oz Gin
- 1 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
- Substitute Vodka for the Gin
- Add other liquors to the glass like Rum or Tequila
- Add cherries or cherry liqueur
- Add soda or tonic water
- Put lemon juice in it