Master of Cocktails The Gimlet

Right then campers. Time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. This week it’s a Gimlet recipe, one of those that’s super-simple if you do a bit of prep. We’re going to be venturing into slightly more prep-heavy territory soon, so this one’s a decent bit of practice. As ever, we’ll be publishing all the directions in advance (in the case of prep) here and on the Master of Malt twitter, along with the cocktail recipes so you can either make it along with us, or come back to the drink at a later date.

As such, we’ll be making our Gimlet using homemade Lime Cordial. You could make this drink with shop-bought, but honestly? It’s just not worth wasting good gin on. The lime cordial only takes minutes to make, and lasts for weeks in the fridge.

To make your own Lime Cordial, here’s what you’ll need to do…

  • Take your 3 limes, juice them, reduce the juice in a pan by half, then add an equivalent weight of sugar and dissolve.
  • Zest the hulls using a microplane, sling the zest into the syrup you’ve just made, and leave to cool.
  • Give it a few hours, then sieve the zest out. Bingo. Lime Cordial.
  • After the (easy) prep work, this is how your Lime Cordial should be looking:

    Master of Cocktails Homemade Lime Cordial

    I’ve also knocked up some candied lime-wheel garnishes for this. They’re a piece of piss too. Just thinly slice some limes, dredge them in icing sugar, and pop them in the oven for 3 hours at 75c.

    Master of Cocktails Sugar Lime

    This is what you’ll have a few hours later:

    Master of Cocktails Sugar Lime

    So then. Gimlet.

    Master of Cocktails Gimlet Ingredients

    You’ll be needing these…

    List of Ingredients

  • 60ml Bathtub Gin
  • 30ml Homemade Lime Cordial
  • Candied Lime Wheel (Garnish)
  • Start with a 60ml measure of Bathtub Gin.

    Master of Cocktails Bathtub Gin

    And stir that with a 30ml measure of our homemade lime cordial.

    Master of Cocktails Homemade Lime Cordial

    Strain into a Martini Glass…

    Master of Cocktails Strain

    Carefully cut a nick out of one of your lime wheels (they’ll be very brittle, so caution):

    Master of Cocktails Candied Lime Wheel

    Slip it onto the rim of your glass, and serve. The Gimlet. Sharp, refreshing, delicious.

    Master of Cocktails Gimlet




    That’s a dangerously good drink.

    Tune in to #MasterofCocktails next week, where we’ll be using these :

    Master of Cocktails Ingredients Next Week

    Next week, you’ll be needing these…
    Rumbullion! XO 15 Year Old, Martini Gran Lusso, Sacred Spiced English Vermouth, Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters – Tuber Melanosporum Vittadini and an Orange