A Classic Gimlet Cocktail with a Refreshing Cucumber Twist

A cucumber gimlet
Photo by Stephen Devries

Courtesy Joseph Fredrickson, owner/operator, Society Lounge, Cleveland

In The Long Goodbye, a 1953 novel by Raymond Chandler, hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe says, “A real Gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice, and nothing else. It beats Martinis hollow.”

No offense to Marlowe, but at Cleveland’s Society Lounge, you won’t find a bottle of Rose’s. The bar makes every item from scratch, other than the liquor itself.

For the bracing Cucumber Gimlet, one of the bar’s signature drinks, lime juice and simple syrup create a sweet, tart backdrop that’s freshened by muddled cucumber. It’s not the 50-50 proportion that Marlowe preferred, but he was a better gumshoe than bartender.

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Cucumber Gimlet

  • 3 long, thin slices English cucumber
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Citadelle Gin
  • Long piece cucumber peel, for garnish

In cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices into lime juice and simple syrup. Add gin and ice. Shake well, then strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with long cucumber peel wrapped inside glass.

Published on June 29, 2019
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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