Like several iconic cocktails like the gin & tonic or the spritz, the gimlet has military origins. It was first drunk by British officers back in the 19th century when scurvy was one of the most common illnesses on board a ship. As the benefits of citrus became widely known, sailors were administered a daily ration of lime juice as anti-scurvy medication. Legend has it that naval doctor Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette, often cited as the namesake of the gimlet, mixed gin with lime in order to mask the bitter taste and help the “medicine” go down. Another origin story is that the drink was named after a small tool used to tap the barrels of spirits on British navy ships – a “gimlet”.
Belvedere Beetroot Gimlet
- 1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
- ¾ oz Beetroot cordial*
*Beetroot cordial: Equal parts beetroot juice and caster sugar. Add 0.16 oz of citric acid solution to 0.7 oz syrup.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a small orange twist