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The classic Gimlet is simply half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice. Although Raymond Chandler declared, “It beats Martinis hollow,” in his 1954 noir novel The Long Goodbye, it can be a bit sweet and unbalanced for modern palates, which is why we prefer the “refreshed” version below. 

Classic Gimlet: 

2 oz gin

0.75 oz lime cordial

Optional: 1 oz chilled soda water

Mix in a shaker with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If you like, top with soda water. Serves 1.

Refreshed Gimlet: 

2 oz gin or vodka

0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

0.5 oz simple syrup

Garnish: Lime wheel

Place gin (or vodka), lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. Serves 1.

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