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The Long Gimlet

"What they call a Gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real Gimlet is half gin and half Rose's Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow."
- Terry Lennox, speaking to Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye

Over the weekend, I took Lennox's advice and picked up a bottle of Rose's Lime Juice at the liquor store. Then I went home and cracked open a bottle of Bombay Sapphire, mixed it fifty-fifty with the Rose's per the strict Lennox recipe, and enjoyed the very refreshing cocktail while lounging on our brand new patio. First time I've ever had a gimlet, and definitely not the last. Life, as they say, is good.

August 18, 2008 in Books, Food and Drink | Permalink


Who is this mysterious "they"?

Posted by: Julie at Aug 18, 2008 11:22:05 AM

It's very good, but I still prefer the gin rickey: in a highball glass, half gin and half lime juice to about the half way mark of the glass. Then fill the rest with club soda.

Posted by: Carl Oberg at Aug 18, 2008 1:33:26 PM

prefer it with vodka/roses

Posted by: jj at Aug 21, 2008 10:36:22 PM

Tanqueray + Roses = Perfection.

Posted by: Marie at Aug 22, 2008 1:15:48 AM