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Gimlet cocktail
The Gimlet: a cocktail that was the magic elixir of the British Navy.


For 1 person
5 cl gin
2 cl lime cordial

How to make

👉 mixing glass / 🥃 martini / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Pour the gin and lime cordial in a mixing glass with a few ice cubes.

  2. Stir with a mixing spoon.

  3. Strain into a martini glass.

  4. Optionally garnish with a lime slice or zest.


Several stories contradict each other about the origin of the Gimlet cocktail but it is more likely to be attributed to Thomas Desmond Gimlette (1857–1943), admiral and doctor in the "Royal Navy" of the British army. The lemon had the power to fight against scurvy, and the gin made it possible to preserve the vitamin C present in the lemon.

The cocktail would originally have been composed of gin and lime juice but for a long time, many bartenders have agreed that the lemon juice should be replaced by lime cordial to sweeten the cocktail.

If you don't have a lime cordial, you can replace it with 1 cl of lime juice and 1 cl of simple syrup.

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