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The Improved Gimlet

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Scott Phillips

Servings: 1

“A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else,” said Terry Lennox in Raymond Chandler’s book The Long Goodbye. If that’s the case, I’ll have a martini instead. Rose’s is preserved lime juice, which came in handy in the days before refrigeration, but today we can buy fresh limes year-round. I think they taste much better.

Visit the In Good Spirits blog to learn more about the Gimlet or visit our dedicated Drinks & Entertaining page for more cocktail recipes.


  • 1-1/2 fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) gin
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, shaken until sugar dissolves)
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lime juice 


  • Put all of the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.


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