Thirsty Thursday – All about the Gimlet

Ahoy, sailors!

This Thirsty Thursday, we have to share the secret to being a fan-tastic party host and the key to your guests’ f-u-n. Behold, the GIMLET:

the kissters

Did you know that the gimlet is said to have been named after British Royal Navy Surgeon General Sir Thomas D. Gimlette, KCB (served 1879 to 1913), who allegedly introduced this drink as a means of inducing his messmates to take lime juice as an anti- scurvy medication?

Pretty cool when you think about what a simple drink this is – and how much deliciousness it adds to your evening! gives this very basic, very delicious recipe on their Mad Men page:


  • 1½ oz vodka
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • 3-4 lime slices


Pour Stoli and lime juice into mixing glass, shake and strain into martini glass. Add 3 to 4 slices of lime.

I fell in love with this drink when visiting family friends in Northern California this summer. What a refreshing cocktail to have at the end of a summer day, while getting into dinner prep.

This weekend, as a last of summer hurrah, I decided to have it for myself at a small rooftop gathering The Kissters hosted. It quickly caught on among our guests and pretty soon I was begging latecomers to bring up more Rose’s Lime Juice.

This cocktail was so simple to make, and I had a great time making the introduction to my friends.  Pour one for yourself after work tonight.


Don Draper (AK)


  1. CCain

    Instant fan. That night I decided to name my first-born child Gimlet; that’s unisex right? Or did I decide on Lime…or Vodka??

    And refreshing is the perfect adjective. Good stuff!

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