Gluten Free Gin Gimlet

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

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Gluten Free Gin Gimlet
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Ginebra Gimlet Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 people
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Ginebra Gimlet Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. May 19, 2013

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

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 21, 2013

      Yes it would! Enjoy Nicole. Cheers!

  2. May 20, 2013

    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 !

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 21, 2013

      Cheers Jerry! Enjoy.

  3. May 23, 2013

    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!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 24, 2013

      Enjoy Kenneth, cheers!

  4. May 23, 2013

    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!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 24, 2013

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

  5. May 24, 2013

    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!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 27, 2013

      Thanks Mac, enjoy. Cheers!

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