Cocktails in Literature #1
At one point Terry Lennox, the scarred war veteran in The Long Goodbye written by Raymond Chandler, mentions:
“A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.”
Of course even Raymond Chandler’s biggest fans can’t stand this drink, noting that the sweetness and syrupy Rose’s Lime Juice overpowers the gin and makes it almost undrinkable.
As Steph Cha, a debut novelist was heavily influenced by Raymond Chandlers writing in her first novel Follow Her Home, notes:
The answer is, uh, not that good! I used two ounces of gin and two ounces of Rose’s Lime, shook it with ice and strained it. (And by “I” I do mean “my fiance,” who is less lazy than I am.) It came out looking like Gatorade and I swear, maybe it was just the association, but it even tasted kind of Gatorade-ish to me. That same sweet lime-adjacent taste, I guess. If I were to try again (and I probably will, since we now own Rose’s Lime Juice), I’d probably cut the lime in half. Chandler can feel free to roll in his grave, but the man was a writer, not a mixologist.
She confesses that she’d probably cut the use of Rose’s Lime Juice in half, but even that split is too sweet for most casual drinkers. We recommend using slightly aged lime juice (freshly squeezed lime juice that was left in the refrigerator for 5-6 hours) and a split of 4 parts Gin to 1 Part Lime Juice. When fresh lime juice isn’t possible, we suggest using 4 parts Gin to 1 part Rose’s Lime Juice.
A lot of drinks are just like the Gimlet. They have the romance. They have the pizzazz and the marketing. But then once you drink them and they’re disappointing, and you wonder why you start wondering why you ever bought the drink. DON’T be this person. Keep the romance and the taste!