Ginebra Gimlet Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on May 17, 2013

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Ginebra Gimlet Recipe

Apparently, back in the day, British Naval officers were ordered to drink lime juice on voyages to prevent scurvy. Unfortunately, lime juice does not keep well on long voyages so a Royal Navy Admiral named Gimlette figured out how to preserve the lime juice in gin and the concoction was prescribed daily to the lucky sailors. Now, I am not exactly sure what scurvy is but I am fairly certain that it is not something I want and if I have to drink gin and lime juice to keep from getting it, well so be it.

Anyway, a while later a guy named Rose came along and figured out how to preserve lime juice in a sugary solution instead of alcohol and he ruined all the fun those Navy sailors were having out there at sea.  But those sailors had acquired a taste for gin with their lime juice and so the Gimlet was born. Technically, a Gimlet is nothing more than gin and Rose’s Lime Juice.

Well, my Ginebra Gimlet recipe is anything but technically correct, but it is quite an amazing little cocktail. The inspiration for this drink is Spain (thus the name – “gin” in Spanish is “ginebra”). The Spanish are really into their gin drinks – in fact the gin and tonic has become a bit of a national obsession. Barcelona and Madrid are flooded with bars that do nothing but serve gin drinks, many of which are infused with all sorts of things such as peppercorns, ginger, and herbs.

I decided to make a gimlet with just good gin (I like Hendricks), lime juice (from a lime not a bottle), and some organic Wholesome Sweeteners blue agave instead of high fructose corn syrup, concentrated lime juice, sodium metabisulfite, and Blue Dye No. 1 (which is what is in Rose’s Lime Juice). To give it a little kick and a nod to those gin-loving Spaniards, I also threw in some smoked paprika.

Oh, my! What a good idea that paprika was. It gave the drink this subtle smokiness with just a tiny hint of heat in the background that balanced ever so nicely with the citrus and agave. For more heat you could certainly add a touch of cayenne pepper.

This cocktail goes really nicely with tapas in case you are looking for something a bit different to serve at your next cocktail party!

Gluten Free Ginebra Gimlet

Ginebra Gimlet Recipe


2 ounces gin
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup ice
Piece of lime zest for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds or until really cold, strain into a martini glass straight up or in a glass over ice if you prefer your cocktails on the rocks. Serve with lime zest for garnish.


This Ginebra Gimlet recipe serves 1

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Nicole May 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Looks like a fancy drink, love the addition of the paprika. Cayenne pepper would really add a bang to this drink!!!


Carol Kicinski May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Yes it would! Enjoy Nicole. Cheers!


Jerry May 20, 2013 at 7:16 am

Mmmmm…..that sounds really nice! & at last we are getting better weather so have printed this recipe of to try at the weekend on friends. Thanks !


Carol Kicinski May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Cheers Jerry! Enjoy.


Kenneth Pierce May 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

I am going to prepare this in the weekend. Going to invite some friends over and I am sure they’ll love this recipe. Thanks!


Carol Kicinski May 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Enjoy Kenneth, cheers!


Lisa Rumsey May 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Carol, did you know that’s exactly why British sailors were known as ‘limeys’? Scurvy is vitamin C deficiency – caused by the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables at sea at that time, and so was warded off by limes. Anyhow, I found it interesting that your Roses contains HFCS. The UK one conains sugar, no HFCS, but does contain 2 food dyes banned in US – Green S and Quinoline yellow (E142 and E104). Fresh lime juice for me too!!


Carol Kicinski May 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hmm, very interesting. Well I am certainly on the side of the limeys – it is fresh lime juice and gin for me, no scurvy!


Mac May 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I was reading this, enjoying the historical background and preparing for a very basic gimlet recipe. Then you threw that dash of paprika in there and now I’m counting the minutes until the weekend cocktail hour starts. That sounds fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration!


Carol Kicinski May 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

Thanks Mac, enjoy. Cheers!


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