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Gimlet ratio?


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Gimlet ratio?

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:

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?

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