Our new take on the classic gin cocktail, the gimlet, is literally a fresh twist!
There is a long history between gin and the Navy, much of which you can read in our blog on the subject. Much of that history is concerned with the terrible disease scurvy , caused by a deficit of vitamin C in the diet. Scurvy has terrifying and deadly effects and, by the 18th Century, it had killed more British sailors than anything else.
Eventually, the cause of scurvy was identified and sailors began to get a ration of lemon juice and sugar as an elixir to prevent scurvy. Lemons were soon swapped for limes as they were easier to obtain from Britain’s West Indian colonies and then, not long after, were swapped again for Rose’s Lime Cordial, which lasted longer and was easier to store.
Cheap, sweetened gin was, of course, drunk by the litres in England but the new middle class, including Royal Naval officers, liked a gin cocktail. The men (or ‘ratings’) on a ship got their spirits served pre-mixed with lime juice and water. The officers could take their spirit ration neat and mix it to their liking in their quarters.
From the combination of lime juice, gin and fashion was born ‘The Gimlet’, a classic gin cocktail consisting of 2 parts gin to 1 part Rose’s Lime Cordial. Sharp, sweet, bitter and delicious, it is as piercing as the tool it is named after.
This is Gin Explorer version, reinvented with, literally, a fresh twist of lime.
- 50ml Navy Strength Gin – we used the HMS Victory Gin in this month’s box
- 25 ml fresh lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
- 10g sugar (or to taste)
- Plenty of ice
- Slice lime, to garnish
Add some ice to a cocktail shaker.
On top of the ice, add all the main ingredients except the garnish.
Shake it, shake it, shake it!!!
Serve straight up for an extra strong cocktail or on the rocks. Garnish with a slice of lime.