Drink Like… Philip Marlowe



The bartender set the drink in front of me. With the lime juice it has a sort of pale greenish yellowish misty look. I tasted it. It was both sweet and sharp at the same time.


Raymond Chandler is a father of the hardboiled detective novel, and his detective Philip Marlowe is the quintessence private eye. Marlowe likes to drink, smoke, work alone, and has his own set of morals that often puts him at odds with local police.


Drinking like Philip Marlowe can be an easy task to do, besides drinking brandy, bourbon, and whiskey, Marlowe also enjoyed mixed drinks like gibsons and martinis. However, with so many drinks to choose from, one of the drinks that sticks with Marlowe’s image is the gimlet. Chandler’s novel The Long Goodbye is full of people sharing a conversation over the sweet and refreshing gimlet and even involves a letter from Terry Lennox where Marlowe is given orders to “drink a gimlet for me.”




So whether you are a stickler for how your drink should be prepared like Lennox who demands that “a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else” or more relaxed like Marlowe who downs the drink at least four different ways during The Long Goodbye, do yourself a favor and drink a gimlet for Terry Lennox, drink one for Philip Marlowe, and while you’re at it drink one for Raymond Chandler too.


If you find Terry’s gimlet recipe to sweet, try the Gimlet recipe below:

 Grab a shaker and add

  • 2 oz. of your favorite gin
  • 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • Ice

Shake, pour, drink.


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