Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

The Gimlet

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What is a Gimlet?

A refreshing variation of a gin martini. Lime and gin are perfect partners in this classic cocktail. A Gimlet is a great drink for any season.

Preparation couldn’t be easier. Gin and Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice are the only ingredients besides ice. I like to round out the cocktail with a dash of lemon bitters, but it’s not necessary.

Gimlet History

Originally the proportions were equal parts gin to Rose’s Lime Juice as described by 1930’s Savoy Cocktail Book. Through the years the amount of lime juice decreased. Much the same happened to the Martini, where now we just use a hint of vermouth. Todays gimlet uses just a hint of lime making the drink on par with a martini. Feel free to add a little more lime juice if you want a bit more lime flavor.

Try the Fresh Gimlet Recipe for one made using fresh lime juice and simple syrup. A gimlet should be predominantly gin. If you want a more sour drink, try a gin sour using our Whiskey Sour recipe and substituting gin for the whiskey.

If gin isn’t your thing feel free to use vodka. The drink loses the botanical flavors, but you can round out the drink with a drop or two of bitters. We like the lemon bitters by Fee Brothers in ours, but classic Angostura bitters work also.

Gimlet Recipe

2 ounces gin or vodka
1 ounce Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
Garnish: lime wheel

In a mixing glass half filled with ice, combine the gin or vodka with Rose’s lime juice.
Stir well.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Fresh Gimlet Recipe

2 ounces gin or vodka
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Garnish: lime wheel

In a mixing glass half filled with ice, combine the gin or vodka with lime juice and simple syrup.
Stir well.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

A note on Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
Outside of the US, Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice is called Rose’s Lime Cordial.

You may also like our Martini Recipe, with variations for dry, perfect, and dirty martinis.
For another refreshing gin and lime cocktail check out the Gin Rickey.
Be sure to check out our guide to setting up your own Home Martini Bar.
Whip up a batch of of simple syrup with our recipe: Simple Syrup.

Browse all of our cocktail recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

Recommended Products for a Perfect Gimlet

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Riedel Vinum Martini Glasses

These cocktail glasses by Riedel, the Vinum Martini Glasses are one of the most perfect cocktail glasses. They would make an excellent addition to your bar and help your gimlet be extraordinary.

 Riedel VINUM Martini Glasses, Set of 2 - ,Clear

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

Not a traditional gimlet ingredient, but a drop of lemon bitters really helps balance the drink and give it a little something extra.

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

Rose’s Lime Juice

Rose’s lime is the classic ingredient in a gimlet. This is one instance that fresh is not always better.

Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice aka Lime Cordial

Cocktail Mixing Glass

I really like the size of this mixing glass. You can make a single gimlet, or two at a time.

Hiware Professional 24 Oz Cocktail Mixing Glass

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