4. Gimlet

15 Jul

By six o’clock a dozen or so persons were grouped about the big circular cocktail table in the sitting room and Don was serving one pitcher after another of a strong gin drink he called a “Gimlet”. The last thing Jesse remembered before throwing up all over the sofa was baiting a woman named Muriel Slater whom he despised.

— Chester B. Himes, The Primitive (New York: New American Library, 1955), pp. 55-6.

Chandler cantered gaily into the cocktail lounge, rapidly consumed three double gimlets and fell flat on his kisser, his steel wool hair curling gracefully against the pattern of the carpet.

— Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker (eds), Raymond Chandler Speaking (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997), p. 32.

This cocktail can be made with either gin or vodka: famously, the gin gimlet was the drink of choice of Raymond Chandler (and his fictional creation Philip Marlowe) and its vodka-based cousin the favourite cocktail of hack filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr, who in tribute wrote the movie One Million AC/DC (1969) under the anagrammatic pseudonym Adkon Telmig.

2 1/2 oz. dry gin or vodka

1/2 oz. Rose’s lime juice

A slice of lime for garnish.

Oh, I found this interesting conjunction of words in an old primer:

— Walter Ripman, English Sounds: A Book for English Boys and Girls (New York: Dutton, 1911), p. 58.

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One Response to “4. Gimlet”

  1. Adrian Moore July 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    You must have quite some drinks cabinet up there G.

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