The Gimlet is an American classic cocktail that is said to have been created in the 1860s by Royal Navy Surgeon James Cook. It is an alcoholic mixed drink that typically contains gin and lime juice. Originally called the "Gin sling", the Gimlet is claimed to have originated in 19th-century British India, where it was made with gin and lime cordial. Over time, the drink has evolved into its current form.
The word “Gimlet” comes from an old tool used for boring small holes in wood, metal, or other materials; this tool was also known as a gimlet. The name of the drink may have been derived from this last usage of the word gimlet to denote a sharp tool for boring small holes.