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Revival of the Gimlet

Posted by Hugh Anderson on

Explorer's Gimlet Downton Distillery

We are often asked what type of drink is 'Explorer's' good at making? 

It's wonderful in making a Negroni, Martini and French 75, but there is another unsung hero who is often overlooked: the Gimlet. The recipe is simple - lime juice and gin.

Within the bar world there are differing views as to what type of lime juice should be used, as the original recipe used 'Rose's Lime Cordial'. This was a brand that was established 1867 after Lauchlan Rose established a way to preserve lime juice with sugar instead of alcohol, as citrus was used on Navy and Merchant ships to combat scurvy. It's also the reason why sailors became known as 'Limeys.'

Bonhams Explorer's Gin Gimlet

However, these days the debate is fresh lime vs. cordial vs. mixture. At the end of the day it's traditionally a two ingredient drink. I would suggest you explore and trial the different ways of making it. Switching types of cordial is an obvious method that will provide a new edge.

Ease of Making: Easy 

Glass Type: Coupette

Taste: Sharp and fresh, bright on the nose. Disappears too quickly! 

Original Recipe:

  • 50ml Explorer's Gin
  • 50ml Rose's Lime Cordial
  • Pour both into a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake vigorously 

Modern Twist:

  • 40ml Explorer's Gin
  • 40ml Rose's Lime Cordial
  • 2.5ml Fresh lime juice
  • Pour both into a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake vigorously 

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