French Gimlet: Hardboiled like Philip Marlowe and seductive like a Parisian temptress.
In Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, Marlowe got hooked on the gimlets at Victor’s bar, a drink his friend Terry Lennox said wasn’t made properly:
'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.'
I’d argue that Victor’s and Terry both didn’t know how to make a gimlet.
No matter, this variation of the gimlet bests all others. This recipe is from St. Germain’s promotional material:
- 2 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce St Germain
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lime twist.