- alanbarnes Mar 15, 2008 07:04 PM
Having been on a bit of a gimlet kick lately, I was suprised to stumble across this recipe on Chowhound: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10255
Not that Raymond Chandler has the final word on mixology, but in "The Long Goodbye" he indicated that a proper gimlet is equal parts gin and Rose's Lime Juice. The Rose's bottle advocates a 3:2 ratio. This recipe calls for 1/4 ounce of Rose's to 2 ounces of gin, or 8:1.
Ever open to new ideas, I gave it a try. And IMHO this just isn't a gimlet. The Rose's is perceptible, but is an accent note rather than a major player in the flavor of the drink. Sort of like the lime in a gin and tonic.
Carried to an extreme, I suppose that Churchill gimlets (gin without lime juice) could be the next rage. But how do we tell them apart from Churchill martinis (gin without vermouth)? If you just want a glass of gin, why not ask for it?
Any other gimlet lovers care to weigh in on this one?
Personally, i prefer a 5:1 ratio of gin to Roses, with the juice of about a quarter lime added. It tastes fresher than the Rose's only. It's a little off topic, but I've found a delightful alteration that I learned from the bartender at PokPok Thai in Portland OR. He uses Amarena cherry syrup(that the cherries come packed in) instead of about 2/3 of the Rose's, adds a little fresh lime juice and garnishes with an amerena cherry. It produces a lovely pink glow,... and looks nice in the glass too! (rimshot here) It has a little more complex flavor than the plain jane one.
Personally I don't like Gimlets, specifically the lime cordial.That said, the Rose's cordial is intrinsic to the gimlet.
The Savoy Cocktail Book suggests equal parts gin : Rose's, stirred
Gary Regan suggests 2-1/2 oz gin or vodka : 3/4 oz lime cordial (Rose's), stirred
Dale DeGroff suggests 2-1/2oz gin : 1/2 oz Rose's, shaken
William Grimes suggests 2 oz gin (or vodka) : 1/4 oz Rose's, shaken
The Bartender's Black Book suggests 3-1/2 oz gin or vodka : 1/4 to 1 oz Rose's, stirred
The Ultimate A to Z Bar Guide suggests 2 oz gin : 1/2 oz Rose's, shaken
I make mine somewhere between the Regan and the Black book. A lot depends on the fruitiness of the gin and who I am mixing for.
Slightly off topic, one of my favorite summer drinks is 3 oz of Tanqueray and the juice of a small lime over ice. It might be too tart for most people, but I find it very refreshing to drink under the sun.