A Gimlet has a medicinal origin, which then eventually turned into a recreational purpose. The English sailors in the 17th century largely suffered from scurvy on board, caused due to the lack of Vitamin C. It was a common illness during the time, and John Woodall, who was an English military surgeon recommended citrus fruits as a part of the ration that the sailors received. Thereafter, in 1747, James Lind, who was a Scottish surgeon organised clinical experiments which proved that citrus contains antiscorbutic elements. The consumption of citrus juice also made it evident to the sailors that through it they could prevent the illness. Rear Admiral Alan then asked for a regular supply of lemon juice on board, during a 23-week voyage to India in 1794, which in turn led to a decrease in the number of scurvy outbreaks among the sailors. 1800s onwards, the supply of citrus fruits became a part of the regular supply in the ships.
Once the benefits came to be widely known, the sailors began drinking lime juice as well as mixing it with their daily ration of gin. They began calling the drink ‘Limeys’. Scotland had a practice of preserving fruit juice with sugar instead of alcohol, and the product came in appealing packages under the name ‘Rose’s Lime Cordial’. The sailors then began mixing the gin with Rose’s Lime Cordial to make Gimlets.
The gimlet was actually a tool used to tap the barrels of spirits which were carried by the British Navy ships. Thus, through it, the drink owes its name.
Best time for a Gimlet
Gin has recently gained a larger place over Vodka, and a Gimlet is the simplest drink of all time. It is the most iconic cocktail to be had with friends and family. Spring is considered Gin time! But we all are aware that clear spirits can be consumed all year round. Although there’s no right time for a classic drink, a Gimlet is perfect to have at a dinner party.
What is a Gimlet twist?
Traditionally made with Gin, of course, the Vodka Gimlet is quite the favourite too! Again, a simple three-ingredient recipe, but it is everything you would want and expect. The Vodka Gimlet is a combination of Vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Use fresh ingredients for easy drinking. You can add herbs for a refreshing element to it, enhancing the flavour.
- Avoid adding crushed ice to the shaker, as it will melt faster and add water to the cocktail.
- The serving glass can be chilled by placing it in the freezer for about 30 minutes before filling it with the drink.
- One can add berries, ginger, cardamom pods, and dried citrus to add a more botanical flavour to the drink. Don't forget to innovate and experiment.
- You can use a mason jar or any other tightly fitted jar instead of a shaker.
- A Gimlet is traditionally served in a coupe or a martini glass.
- Cucumber can be a refreshing addition to the Gimlet. You can add muddled sliced cucumber, as well as use it for garnishing. It gives the drink a mild and sweet flavour.
- You can use freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup instead of lime cordial.
- Glaze the Nick & Nora glass using honey and stick curry leaves on the portion
- Add a few curry leaves to a mixing glass and muddle
- Pour 20ml lime cordial
- Add ice cubes till the rim of the glass
- Pour 60ml gin
- Shake it well using a cocktail shaker
- Double-strain the drink into a Nick & Nora glass
- Garnish using a lime slice