THE BLOG
02/21/2012 02:16 pm ET Updated Apr 22, 2012

How-To Cocktail Video: The Gimlet

Ever wonder why British sailors are called "limeys"? A couple hundred years ago, the Royal Navy began stocking its ships with limes on long voyages to ward off scurvy (a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency).

But who wants to eat a plain lime? The ever-resourceful Brits instead combined the fruits' juice with a little sugar and the English national spirit—gin—to create this classic drink. (One theory says the concoction is named for Sir Thomas D. Gimlette, a naval surgeon in the late 1800s).

While you don't need to worry about scurvy anymore, the refreshing Gimlet is still quite popular and is delicious on a warm afternoon. Watch our video below, featuring all-star mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member Simon Ford, to learn how to fix one. Cheers!

Click here for the full Gimlet recipe.


Sign up for our email.
Find out how much you really know about the state of the nation.