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Gimlets in stemmed glasses with lime slices.


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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 205kcal


  • 2 1/2 ounces gin (4 tablespoons, see note 1)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1 tablespoon, see note 2)
  • Ice as needed
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish, optional


  • 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.



  1. Gin: A distilled spirit flavored with juniper berries and, occasionally, other botanical herbs or spices. 
  2. 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.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  4. Glassware: A Gimlet is perfect in a cocktail glass such as a coupe or martini glass.
  5. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 20 ounces (2 1/2 cups) gin, 4 ounces (1/2 cup) fresh lime juice, and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) simple syrup in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and lime wheels on hand so guests can help themselves.
  6. On the rocks: For a gimlet on the rocks, use a rocks glass or a stemless wine tumbler.
  7. Vodka gimlet: Substitute vodka for the gin.
  8. Daiquiri: Substitute white rum for the gin. Or, try the Hemingway Daiquiri which has grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.
  9. Southside: Add some fresh leaves to the cocktail shaker with the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
  10. Gimlet with Rose's Lime Juice: To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 1/2 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.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg