OMG, the stuff isn’t what it’s supposed to be!
Or, rather, it’s sort of what it should be but not the real ingredient you need if you want a gimlet. You see, if you want a gin or vodka gimlet (gin is the preferred of the two), and you use Rose’s Lime Juice…you’re really only drinking (or making) a gin sour.
A gimlet requires a lime cordial to be mixed with the gin or vodka.
Check the label – there’s no alcohol in Rose’s Lime Juice.
I didn’t know this until I read this great blog posting by John Ueding. He cites his muse as a New York Times article on the same subject. The latter was most enjoyable because it is superbly written. Both pieces, however, offered recipes for a lime cordial that seemed a bit awkward. Okay, I either didn’t have one of the ingredients (who has agar sitting around in their pantry?) or too complicated.
So I took the best of both and made my own version.
It’s quite tasty and I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any more Rose’s Lime Juice in the future. Not to cast aspersions on it. It does a great job at doing its best to be what you need to make a gimlet.
But now I know better.
So sayeth the StickMonkey.