Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet is an old style navy drink most likely invented when sailors in the British navy mixed their ration of gin with lime juice. A 1953 description was: “a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else” (Terry Lennox in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye). Thus, Robert Hess shows you how to make a gimlet with Hendrick’s Gin and Rose’s Lime Juice, going against the idea that fresh is always better.


2 oz Hendrick’s Gin

3/4 oz Rose’s Lime Juice


Shake with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.


Benjamin D. 9 Nov 2010
8:30 am


I’m a little reluctant to purchase a product I might only use for a single cocktail (leaving it on the shelf for God only knows how long) and my instinct tells me to use fresh lime. I know you’ve tried the difference and prefer the Rose’s lime juice but is there a way of approximating the flavors with fresh limes, in a sense creating not a tailored sour mix but actually your own lime cordial? Perhaps this would taste fresher…or perhaps I’m just making things too complicated in a quixotic search for a slightly better flavor.

Perry 9 Nov 2010
5:24 pm

One other drink worth having Rose’s on the shelf for is the Ginger Candy cocktail. Also, a bottle is 12 ounces. That’s about 15 Gimlets. While I usually think of these as a summery drink. I think I’ll go use up some of my Rose’s right now.
Disclosure: I have no affiliation with any company that produces or distributes Rose’s Lime Juice. I in no way benefit from increasing its sales.

bwcarroll 9 Nov 2010
5:50 pm

While not historically accurate, a gimlet made with fresh lime juice and rosemary simple syrup is pretty outstanding.

blair frodelius 10 Nov 2010
8:24 am

Here is a link to an interesting article on lime juice:



Nick L. 10 Nov 2010
3:23 pm


Rose’s is pretty inexpensive and you can find it in small bottles so you don’t have to worry about keeping a jug of unused ingredient in your refrigerator.  That being said, I always have some on hand.

I haven’t found any way to approximate the flavor of Rose’s.  Sometimes I make this drink with fresh lime juice and simple syrup, but I suppose it’s more of a Gin Sour rather than a Gimlet at that point.  Still delicious, though, and you might find it suits you better!

blair frodelius 10 Nov 2010
5:15 pm

Another point of interest is that Rose’s has been around for almost 150 years, making it a cocktail ingredient during the golden age of mixology.


Lynn Ballintiner 29 Jan 2011
3:17 pm

WoW, sorry for me to take so long to notice, but doesn’t your shaking this drink violate your general rule about when to stir versus when to mix. I mean if you stir a Manhattan why do you shake a Gimlet???
Society is aghast :-)

Robert Hess 29 Jan 2011
7:46 pm

Lynn, we’re kind of walking a fine line on this one… I am shaking the gimlet because it includes lime juice. Wait, it doesn’t include lime juice, but Rose’s, which should never be confused with lime juice. But in for the shaken/stirred issue I am here… even though Rose’s is “essentially” clear.

So yes, I could have stirred this drink instead. Stirring is rarely the wrong way to mix a drink, but shaking can be.


Jan 30 Aug 2011
6:55 am

Another nice and simple use of Rose’s is in Lager and Lime, also a refreshing summer drink.

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