As far as I’m concerned, Raymond Chandler is the finest writer of detective fiction the world has ever known. And his novel The Long Goodbye is, to my mind, the finest detective novel he ever penned. In it, the protagonist, Phillip Marlowe (the quintessential noir gumshoe) takes to drinking with a burned out rogue name of Terry Lennox. The following ensues:
“We sat in the corner bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. ‘They don’t know how to make them here,’ he said. 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.”
Thus spake Chandler. And yet, I kinda like my version better.
- 1 lime flavored ice pop (frozen)
- 1 1/2 ounces London Dry Gin
- 1/2 ounce sweetened lime syrup (such as Rose's)
- 1 teaspoon small batch tonic (meaning anything but the crap off the grocer's shelf)
- Soda water
- Bisect the ice pop and muddle half in a mixing glass with the gin, lime syrup and tonic syrup. Pour into a coupe-style glass, finish with a splash of soda and garnish with the other half of the pop. Kids will want to drink this. Don’t let them.