Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

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Sample the indulgences from the world of cocktail classics with the refreshingly tart and devilishly simple Gimlet Cocktail, a must-try for all gin enthusiasts.

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Pop quiz! You’re chilling on a hot summer’s day and what’s the drink of choice? For me, it’s the Gimlet cocktail, all the way. This favorite is the dream team of gin and lime juice, adding just a tad bit of simple syrup for that extra sweetness. We love it because it’s easy to make but still packs a punch—enough for cocky cocktail fans and newbies alike to raise a glass.

The Gimlet is in league with the biggies like the Tom Collins and Classic Gin Fizz (it also reminds me of my Aviation cocktail and a Whiskey Highball!) but the Gimlet has a taste all its own with that squeeze of lime while staying true to its gin-rich roots. Be it a buzzy dinner party or just a lazy Sunday with your favorite book for company, this Gimlet is sure to sneak its way right into your heart.

INGREDIENTS

Before heading out on the patio, grab these ingredients and whip up a Gimlet!

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • lime twist or lime wheel (for garnish)
  • ice cubes
Gimlet Cocktail Recipe ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer if not built in the shaker
  • Glassware
  • Jigger or measuring tool

INSTRUCTIONS

Add

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.

Shake

Shake the concoction vigorously for 15–20 seconds to thoroughly mix and chill the cocktail.

Strain

Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass to remove any ice or sediment.

Garnish

Garnish with a lime twist (i.e., twisting a strip of lime peel over the glass to release the aromatic oils) or a lime wheel. Enjoy!

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How to Make a Healthy/Low-Calorie Gimlet Cocktail

  • Switch things up with a light gin
  • Embrace freshly squeezed lime juice and avoid the sugar found in the bottled stuff.
  • Replace that simple syrup with agave nectar or honey.
  • Pour your gimlet into a cute, smaller glass and cut down on each serving size.
  • For a mocktail version, replace the gin with club soda to keep that refreshing taste without the alcohol.

Tips & Tricks to Making a Perfect Gimlet Cocktail

  • Quality matters here. I recommend you pick up a top-shelf gin to make the flavor as best it can be.
  • You can’t go wrong with freshly squeezed lime juice; it makes for a much fresher taste than the processed flavor of the bottled stuff.
  • Consider homemade simple syrup — you’ll never regret it.
  • Chill your glass to keep your Gimlet Cocktail the perfect temperature throughout your sipping experience.
  • Don’t skip the garnish! It always makes for an amazing presentation.

FAQs

how many calories are in a gimlet?

A Gimlet Cocktail will usually run you around 170 calories.

What’s the best way to enjoy a Gimlet?

Ice-cold! Straight from the cocktail shaker to your glass. Use a frosty coupe or martini glass and fancy it up with a lime wheel or twist garnish and it will look like something out of a gin lover’s dream.

Can I swap out the gin for vodka in a Gimlet?

Absolutely. In fact, there’s a name for that: a Vodka Gimlet. While the name isn’t very creative, the taste is something special.

Any other garnishes I can play with for a Gimlet?

The usual lime wheel or twist are the expected garnishes given the lime juice in the drink, but you can also add a sprig of mint for a refreshing change. Remember, your garnish isn’t just there to look pretty, it adds to the aroma.

And how does a Gimlet cocktail differ from a Martini?

Great question! Both cocktails call for gin, but a Martini pairs it with dry vermouth and adds an olive or lemon twist. A Gimlet steals the show with gin and lime juice, typically dressed up with a lime wheel or twist. It’s a tad sweeter too, thanks to the simple syrup.

 Delicious Gimlet Cocktail Variations

Vodka Gimlet: Swap out the gin for vodka.

Basil Gimlet: Add muddled basil leaves to the mix for a herbal twist.

French Gimlet: Mix the gin with St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur to class up this joint.

how to prep and store a gimlet cocktail

If you want to whip up a larger batch of this cocktail, just multiply the necessary ingredients. Once done, it can go in the fridge and chill in a tightly sealed container until showtime. Any leftovers can go back in that container without any ice. Before serving again, shake up the cocktail with ice and strain into your glass.

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Gimlet Cocktail

Sample the indulgences from the world of cocktail classics with the refreshingly tart and devilishly simple Gimlet, a must-try for all gin enthusiasts.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 193kcal
Author FoodFaithFitness

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • lime twist or lime wheel for garnish
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake the concoction vigorously for 15–20 seconds to thoroughly mix and chill the cocktail.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass to remove any ice or sediment.
  • Garnish with a lime twist (i.e., twisting a strip of lime peel over the glass to release the aromatic oils) or a lime wheel.

Notes

  • Pick a top-shelf gin.
  • Freshly squeeze your lime juice.
  • Consider homemade simple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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