2 oz. Premium Gin (80 proof)
0.5 oz Roses Lime Juice¹
lime or lemon peel (1" x 0.5")
Pour Gin and Roses Lime Juice² into an Old Fashioned Glass³ filled with ice and thoroughly stir. Express lime or lemon peel into the glass, then rub around rim and deposit in glass.
"A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow”⁴
"She stood up and nodded briefly. Three gimlets. Doubles. Perhaps you're drunk."
Raymond Chandler (from his book The Long Goodbye)
If this drink is judged superior to the martini by Raymomd Chandler than at least give a try. The genius of the drink is the simplicity, there's only really two ingrediant which can be varied to taste.
Subscribing to the adage more is better, a Subscriber in an effort to improve this masterpiece, used 100 proof vodka (vodka can be substituted for gin). It threw the drink off, requiring the addition of simple syrup to balance everything out. Stick with 80 proof and you'll do just fine.
¹Roses Lime Juice was created in the 1700s to help prevent scurvy in the Royal Navy. Due to having to be stored on ship at sea before the age of refrigeration, it has the interesting benefit of not having to be refrigerated.
²Trust me, do not substitute fresh lime juice.
³Phillip Marlowe drinks his up, but I prefer mine on the rocks.
⁴While experimenting with the ratio is recomended, a 50/50 Gimlet is undrinkable. Maybe the Roses Lime Juice recipe was different back in the day or people's pallates were.