The word “gimlet” used in a cocktail reference is first attested in 1928. The history of the drink, as with most, is a bit clouded. The most obvious derivation is from the tool for drilling small holes, whose name is also used figuratively to describe something as sharp or piercing. Thus, the cocktail may have been named for its “penetrating” effects on the drinker. Another theory is that the drink was named after British Royal Navy Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB, who allegedly introduced this drink as a means of inducing his navymen to take lime juice as an anti-scurvy medication. Either way, we love ourselves a good gimlet. It’s refreshing, tastes great and is incredibly simple to make.
1oz fresh lime juice
½oz simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass or on the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.