Green Gimlet Cocktail

Green Gimlet Cocktail

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.

Green Gimlet

  • 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
  1. 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.


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  1. 2

    For the love of most things holy make your own lime cordial. Rose’s? Imitation Coury brand cat food? Marlowe’s cat’s never coming back

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    SB Garon

    I agree that a gimlet made with half gin and half Rose’s is undrinkable, but this sounds almost as bad. The perfect gimlet has 2 ounces Grey Goose vodka , 1 ounce fresh lime juice , 1 ounce simple syrup ; shake and pour over ice; garnish with lime. Delicious .

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    Christina Mays

    Anytime I hear a comment about The Long Goodbye, I always think of the movie Star Trek First Contact. Yes, I am a confirmed nerd…. 🙂

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      nathan campbell

      The holodeck adventure in both the episode and the film ‘First Contact’ is named ‘The Big Goodbye’ – which is certainly a shout out to ‘The Long Goodbye’, but….not quite the same

  5. 15

    I don’t know AB. I just got done with a bottle of Tom’s small batch tonic syrup. Way better than stuff from a can or plastic bottle in the megamart, but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as Fever Tree, which I can find locally. I wanted it to be awesome, but Fever Tree just tasted less muddled to me. I’ll try the Gimly. I like G&Ts so I’ll probably like it.

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    Sorry Alton, but this falls into the So Much Nope category, which is only a whisper away from the Hell No category. Well done, Sue. And may I recommend Japonica Gin? Kind of like Boodles and Hendrix had a sweet, flowery girl-baby.

  7. 22

    I love Gimlets, but quite frankly, Rose’s Lime tastes like garbage.
    Because this, I endeavored to find a simple remedy.
    2oz Gin (London Dry)
    1oz Fresh Lime Juice
    3/4oz Simple Syrup.
    Shake with Ice, Strain.
    Serve up.
    It’s a good balance and you get the lime without the disgusting aftertaste.

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