Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

The Improved Gimlet

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.


Rate or Review


We haven't received any reviews yet for this recipe.

Have you made it? Tell us what you thought!

Rate this Recipe

Write a Review


View All


Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks

We hope you’ve enjoyed your free articles. To keep reading, subscribe today.

Get the print magazine, 25 years of back issues online, over 7,000 recipes, and more.