Every now and then I’m in the mood for a martini with a bit of lime pizzazz. That’s when I pull out the Rose’s Lime Juice and make a gimlet. It’s hard to go wrong with 2 ingredients, and the lime makes it taste like a great summer martini. Feel free to use fresh lime juice and sugar, but then you will have to call it a sweet Gin Rickey.
You know how I love food & drink origins, so here are some tidbits on the gimlet taken from The Modern Mixologist
At some point following the Merchant Shipping Act of 1867, which required all British merchant ships to provide lime juice to their crew in order to combat scurvy, Lauchlin Rose received a patent for preserving lime juice. Soon thereafter, Rose’s Lime Juice was broadly available throughout the British Empire. It was some years later, perhaps after he joined the navy in 1879, that Sir Thomas D. Gimlette was credited with first mixing gin with Rose’s Lime Juice, creating what is now popularly known as a Gimlet.
So, basically I’m making an effort to keep scurvy away- Cheers Mateys!
adapted from: The Craft Of The Cocktail
2 ounces Gin
½ ounce preserved lime juice (recommended: Angostura or Rose’s)
lime wedge, for garnish
Shake the gin and lime juice well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass or serve over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
P.S. I also made this substituting Tanqueray Rangpur for Beefeater. I liked it even better…