Ingredients: Gin or vodka, Rose’s lime juice (or fresh-squeezed lime juice)
Backstory: While not quite as popular today as the others on this list, the Gimlet still remains an enduring classic, mainly, because it’s a piece of cake to make at home. It is said the name comes from a Sir Thomas Gimelette, Surgeon General of the Royal Navy, who was adding lime juice to gin to help his sailors combat scurvy (it seems most British-created drinks were simply made to battle ailments). Unlike other classics that would be ruined with anything but fresh-squeezed juice, the Gimlet specifically calls for bottled lime juice, namely Rose’s, which was available to sailors on long voyages when a sack of fresh-picked limes weren’t.
Why it’s a classic: “The gimlet is a combination of gin and lime cordial—though, these days with fresher ingredients being used behind bars, fresh lime juice with a touch of sugar appears too. It is a perfect, easy drinking cocktail to enjoy on a summer’s day by the pool.”—Laboy
2 oz gin (or vodka) ⅔ oz Rose’s lime juice
Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.