Libations essentials, Blackberry Gin Gimlet

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm


Well we did a fresh gimlet, although its usually just gin and Roses lime juice.

here is a little history on Roses cordial

According to various sources, Sir Thomas Gimlette – a British surgeon, who was looking for a way to prevent scurvy in British sailors and later became the Surgeon General, invented the drink in the late 19th century. The Merchant Shipping Act of 1867 to require all ships of the British military and merchant fleet to provide sailors with a regular dollop of lime juice—leading to the nickname “limey” for English immigrants in the early British colonies. What made this possible was a now-ubiquitous cocktail mixer. By the time the act was passed, Lauchlin Rose had patented a method for preserving citrus juice in a sugar syrup without alcohol—Rose’s Lime Juice.

All of which leads us to the beloved Dr. Thomas Gimlette, who supposedly joined the Royal Navy in 1879. It took him eleven years, but Gimlette finally hit on a solution for encouraging sailors to drink their daily dose of lime juice—adding gin. The now infamous surgeon cum bartender was subsequently knighted and eventually retired as the British Surgeon General in 1913.

The gimlet, like the ubiquitious martini, is made with gin.

Blackberry Gin Gimlet
6 blackberries
Half lime quarted
1/2 oz simple syrup
Muddle all ingredients
1 1/2 oz Gin
Juice 1/2 lime
Shake, Double Strain,
Pour over fresh ice.
Spank sweet basil sprig
And garnish !!!


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