Rio Gimlet

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10. November 2015 by swizzzlestick

The problem with making a Gimlet exactly true to the classic recipe is that it calls specifically for Rose´s Lime Juice. Back in the day, Rose´s was made with real lime juice. Today it is only five percent juice. So, in order to make a “good” Gimlet, one must use fresh lime and sugar, even though a “real” Gimlet uses Roses“, James Teitelbaum explains in his great book Destination Cocktails.

And here is his Gimlet variation, the Rio Gimlet.


1.5 oz. Gin, 1 oz. Falernum (James´recipe calls for D. Taylor´s Velvet Falernum, I used Bitter Truth Golden Falernum), 0.75 oz. Lime Juice (to taste), 1 dash Orange Bitters, garnish: Lime Wheel


Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wheel.



A very fine medium sweet slightly spicy Gimlet!


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