While the original Gimlet was made with Rose’s Lime Cordial, you can update this gin cocktail with fresh lime juice and a touch of simple syrup. It’s crisp, refreshing, and only 3 ingredients.

Gimlets in clear stemmed glasses.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Gimlet Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for a gimlet cocktail.

Ingredient notes

  • Simple syrup: To make it yourself, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool before adding 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to your cocktail shaker with the other ingredients. Store leftover simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Clear liquid being poured into a silver shaker.
  1. Shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
A gimlet being poured from a silver shaker into a clear stemmed glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Make ahead: The simple syrup can be made and the limes juiced the day before.
  • Gimlet with Rose’s Lime Juice: To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 ½ ounces gin and 1 ounce Rose’s sweetened lime juice. Shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
  • Vodka gimlet: Substitute vodka for the gin.
  • Southside: Add some fresh leaves to the cocktail shaker with the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
  • Daiquiri: Substitute white rum for the gin. Or, try the Hemingway Daiquiri which has grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.
  • Glassware: A stemmed glass such as a coupe or martini glass is perfect.
  • On the rocks: For a gimlet on the rocks, use a rocks glass or a stemless wine tumbler.
  • Shaken or stirred: For this cocktail recipe, the gin is shaken in a cocktail shaker. Don’t worry about “bruising” the gin. The lime juice will blend better when shaken.
Gimlets in stemmed glasses with lime slices.

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Gimlets in stemmed glasses with lime slices.

Gimlet

While the original Gimlet was made with Rose's Lime Cordial, you can update this gin cocktail with fresh lime juice and a touch of simple syrup. It's crisp, refreshing, and only 3 ingredients.
5 from 4 votes
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 205

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin (3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1 tablespoon, see note 1)
  • Ice as needed
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • Chill glassware if desired: Coat the outside of a glass with water and freeze until serving time. Or, freeze dry glassware for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  • Combine gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
  • Strain cocktail into glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Simple syrup: Use store-bought or combine equal parts granulated sugar and water (i.e., 1 cup sugar plus 1 cup water) in a small saucepan. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the syrup from the heat and let cool completely.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  3. Make ahead: The simple syrup can be made and the limes juiced the day before.
  4. Gimlet with Rose’s Lime Juice: To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 ½ ounces gin and 1 ounce Rose’s sweetened lime juice. Shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
  5. Vodka gimlet: Substitute vodka for the gin.
  6. Southside: Add some fresh leaves to the cocktail shaker with the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
  7. Daiquiri: Substitute white rum for the gin. Or, try the Hemingway Daiquiri which has grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.
  8. Glassware: A stemmed glass such as a coupe or martini glass is perfect.
  9. On the rocks: For a gimlet on the rocks, use a rocks glass or a stemless wine tumbler.
  10. Shaken or stirred: For this cocktail recipe, the gin is shaken in a cocktail shaker. Don’t worry about “bruising” the gin. The lime juice will blend better when shaken.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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