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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 by the 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.
This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.
Alton Brown's Green Gimlet Cocktail Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 1 lime-flavored ice pop, frozen
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces London dry gin
  • 1/2 fluid ounces sweetened lime syrup, such as Rose's
  • 1 teaspoon small-batch tonic
  • Soda water


  • Bisect the ice pop and muddle half in a mixing glass with the gin, lime syrup, and tonic. 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.