Rhubarb & Custard Gin Gimlet

Rhubarb & Custard Gin Gimlet - Nelson's Distillery & School

Rhubarb & Custard Gin Gimlet: A Delightful Twist on a Classic Cocktail

The classic gimlet is a timeless and refreshing cocktail that has earned its place in the pantheon of beloved drinks. Traditionally made with gin and lime juice, the gimlet's simplicity and clean flavours have won the hearts of many cocktail enthusiasts. In this blog post, we'll explore the history of the gimlet and introduce an exciting twist on the classic recipe by incorporating Rhubarb & Custard Gin for a unique and delightful flavour experience.

The origins of the gimlet can be traced back to the British Royal Navy, where it was consumed as a means of combating scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Sailors would mix gin with lime juice, as the citrus fruit provided the essential vitamin C to keep them healthy. Over time, the gimlet gained popularity beyond naval circles and became a staple in cocktail bars worldwide.

The classic gimlet recipe calls for equal parts gin and lime juice, with some variations including simple syrup to add a touch of sweetness. The beauty of this cocktail lies in its simplicity and the delicate balance between the botanical flavours of the gin and the tartness of the lime juice.

Now, let's explore a delightful twist on the classic gimlet by incorporating Rhubarb & Custard Gin. The unique flavour profile of this gin, with its sweet and tangy rhubarb notes and velvety custard undertones, brings a new dimension of complexity and depth to the cocktail.

Rhubarb & Custard Gin Gimlet Recipe:


  • 50ml Nelson’s Rhubarb & Custard Gin
  • 50ml Fresh lime juice or Roses lime cordial depending 
  • 15ml simple syrup (optional, adjust to taste)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Rhubarb & Custard Gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup (if using).
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, or until the shaker becomes frosty on the outside.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel or a thin strip of rhubarb.

The Rhubarb & Custard Gin Gimlet is a delightful and refreshing twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for warm summer evenings or as a pre-dinner aperitif. The sweet and tangy rhubarb notes of the gin, combined with the smooth custard undertones, elevate the traditional gimlet to new heights. So, why not shake up your cocktail repertoire and indulge in the exquisite flavours of the Rhubarb & Custard Gin Gimlet?


Miniature Gin Gift Set - Nelson's Distillery & School
Miniature Gin Gift Set - Nelson's Distillery & School
Miniature Gin Gift Set - Nelson's Distillery & School
Miniature Gin Gift Set - Nelson's Distillery & School
Miniature Gin Gift Set - Nelson's Distillery & School

Miniature Gin Gift Set

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Nelson's Miniature Gin Gift Set - a carefully curated collection of our award-winning gins. It includes Nelson’s London Dry No. 7, the signature recipe that started it all; Nelson’s Rhubarb & Custard Gin, our grown-up take on a pink gin; Nelson’s Timur Gin, our one of a kind; and last but not least, Nelson’s Gluggle Jug Gin. Named after the iconic Staffordshire gurgling jug and made for Craft Gin Club’s Gin of the Month 2019.

This selection is perfect for sampling, ideal for gifting or finding your new favourite. Behind each bottle is a simple cocktail recipe to help you enjoy the gins in various ways.

4 x 5cl

  • Nelson's London Dry No.7 Gin 42.5% ABV
  • Nelson's Rhubarb & Custard Gin 41% ABV
  • Nelson's Timur Gin 41% ABV
  • Nelson's Gluggle Jug Gin 40% ABV