I posted a while ago on the pleasures of a good cocktail. A dry vodka gimlet is one of my favorites and one that doesn’t seem to be all that common, so it’s a good idea to know how it’s made so you can offer some assistance to the occasional bartender that may be unfamiliar with it.
The dry gimlet is very simple, with only two or three ingredients. It’s also very strong (deceptively so) so you need to either serve it in a small glass, or take my advice re sipping and savoring very seriously.
4 parts vodka
1/2 – 1 part Rose’s sweetened lime juice
A dash of unsweetened lime juice, or a squeeze of a fresh lime wedge
Stir or shake well and serve over crushed ice
Rose’s lime juice is very powerful, hence my advice to make this cocktail on the dry side. Vary the amount of Rose’s to taste. Top-drawer vodka is a good choice as it makes up so much of the volume. I like to let it sit for a minute or two to allow it to chill well and let the ice melt a bit.
This can be shaken well with ice and served “up” in a martini glass with a couple of curls of lime peel, and looks gorgeous with it’s pale green shimmer. However I recommend serving “on the rocks” for the best experience.
If you like the taste of lime as much as I do, you’ll probably enjoy this cocktail.