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Amy Traynor
The Gimlet is an easy classic cocktail made with gin and lime juice. Here's a simple modern take made with fresh lime juice and simple syrup as well as a traditional recipe made with lime cordial.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


For a modern, freshly squeezed Gimlet:

For a traditional Gimlet (with lime cordial):

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Rose's Lime Cordial (also called Rose's Lime Juice)


To make either cocktail:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.


Make it a Vodka Gimlet:

Out of gin? The Vodka Gimlet became a popular alternative during the vodka-obsessed 1990s. Simply replace the gin with vodka, and voila!

Make a Cucumber Gimlet:

Make it a Cucumber Gimlet by muddling a few slices of cucumber in the cocktail shaker with the fresh lime juice (or lime cordial). Then add the gin (or vodka), simple syrup (if using), and ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain the cocktail into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber. 
If you’re into infusing your spirits, you could also make a Cucumber Gimlet by infusing some gin or vodka with fresh cucumbers for a few days.
Pro tip: This applies to pretty much any fruit or herb, by the way. Fill a mason jar about ⅓ to ½ with your botanical of choice, then fill the jar with spirit of choice, cover and let it steep for a few days. Infusing spirits is a great way to experiment and add new flavors to classic cocktails.
Keyword classic cocktails, gin, lime cordial, lime juice
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