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Sometimes you just need to celebrate. I just surpassed 3,000 subscribers on YouTube. My book, The Old Fat Guy’s Guide to Smoking Meat For Beginners has just been released and it is July 1, Canada Day. It speaks to what a great country Canada is that I have so much to celebrate.

So, I decided to treat myself. The weather here in the Canadian Rockies is wonderful so I thought I might make myself a nice cocktail to sip on the deck with She Who Must Be Obeyed. Something delicious and classic seemed to be in order, one of my favourite cocktails, a Gimlet.

I had posted a Gimlet post before but Aviation Gin took down their recipe that I had linked to. So, I decided to do this post with the recipe I use and a video to celebrate all of you who have kindly subscribed to me on YouTube.

I started by putting my cocktail glasses in the freezer. Cocktail glasses taste so much better in a chilled glass.

I squeezed a fresh lime and made some simple syrup. To make simple syrup, put 1 part of water and 2 parts of sugar in a small saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar is totally dissolved.

I half filled my cocktail shaker with ice and added 75 ml (2 1/2 ounces) of gin, 15 ml (1/2 ounce) lime juice and 15 ml (1/2 ounce) simple syrup.

I put the lid on the shaker and shook until the shaker was well chilled, almost too cold to hold on to.

I strained the drink into a chilled martini glass and garnished with a lime wheel.

Here is a video of me making the cocktail.

The Verdict

Marvelous! Exactly what I wanted. The gin has a wonderful floral taste that matches the tart of the lime. There is just enough sweet from the syrup to make it all delicious!

A classic cocktail you must try on a hot day.

The Old Fat Guy




  • 75 ml (2 1/2 ounces) gin
  • 15 ml (1/2 ounce) lime juice
  • 15 ml (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
  • ice
  • lime wheel for garnish


  1. Chill a martini glass in the freezer.
  2. 1/2 fill you cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add the gin, lime juice and syrup. Shake until the shaker is very cold.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass.
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2 Responses

  1. Hi, it’s a nice illustration of a beautiful recipe. Also, the floral taste of gin complements the tart of lime and not contrast with its flavour!

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