Apr 202010

According to Raymond Chandler’s  Terry Lennox  “a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else” ( The Long Goodbye).    Being a vodka gal, Shaker One is about to mix up a classic drink-

The Vodka Gimlet.

Now there seem to be two schools of though on how to make a proper gimlet.  The first is as above, simply vodka and Rose’s lime juice.  The second is a combination of vodka, fresh lime juice and (traditionally) powdered sugar- though simple syrup may be substituted if you prefer a clearer result.  Either one should be shaken vigorously with shards of ice and strained neat into either a low ball or a martini glass.  You may garnish with a slice of lime if desired.

Last summer I read my very first Ramond Chandler novel- coincidentally it was The Long Goodbye.  Like the gimlet, Chandler’s stories are deceptively simple but pack a powerful punch.  Dialogue that’s straight booze, with just enough juice to keep things interesting.

So after a long day, this dame is taking off her pearls, making herself a drink, put her feet up on the divan and calling it done.  And Terry is right.  Nothing else. 


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  1. I’m not usually much of a vodka drinker but that sounds great!

    • Chip, it’s traditionally a gin drink. I fear having my martini card yanked for forgetting how lovely this drink is. Try it sometime.

  2. Ahhhh! I love a good vodka gimlet. I’d love one right now. I think I’ll snuggle up on the couch with a good Raymond Chandler novel and sip a gimlet! Night!

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