Gimlet cocktail

Gimlet cocktail
The Gimlet cocktail is a refreshing cocktail composed of gin, fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
Gimlet was named after a British navy surgeon Sir Thomas Gimlette back in the 19th century.
In the attempt to fight scurvy (which is caused by a vitamin C deficiency) Sir Gimlette prescribed lime to his sailors. But, knowing how bitter lime juice can taste, he had to mask it with gin. British sailors at the time were also known as limeys because of the prescription too.
Today we know this "medicine" as the Gimlet cocktail.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Coupe or Martini glass


  • 50 ml dry gin
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 20 ml simple syrup
  • 1 lime wheel (to garnish)


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain the liquid into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lime wheel.
  • Serve to the pleasure of your guests!


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