The origins of the Gimlet date back to the late 1800’s when sailors needed a palatable way to drink Rose’s Lime Cordial – a sweetened lime juice concentrate that helped prevent scurvy.

Gin was added and suddenly, a classic cocktail was born. The original recipe for the Gimlet used a one-to-one ratio of gin and Rose’s Lime Cordial. For most palates, this mix is overly sweet, you can opt for a two-to-one ratio of gin to cordial or swap the cordial for a mix of fresh lime juice and simple syrup. While gin is the standard, some will sub in vodka, although in our opinion it loses some of the subtle flavor notes.

If making a simple syrup from scratch, we like to infuse the syrup with botanicals from the gin—think herbs and florals, to help make the more unique notes from the spirit pop.

The Gimlet

The Gimlet post

Chilled’s Classic Gimlet


  • 2 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Lime Twist (for garnish)

Preparation: Chill cocktail glass and rim with lime wedge. Combine gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the shaker is cold, pour into glass, garnish with lime twist.