A Perfect Classic Gimlet Cocktail

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So, you’ve decided to embark on a zesty adventure in the realm of cocktails? Great choice! The Gimlet is like the James Bond of cocktails—sophisticated, charming, and leaves you wanting more.

This classic cocktail is like a citrusy hug for your taste buds. Let’s dive in:

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What makes this cocktail so great?

What makes this Gimlet recipe truly great is its delightful balance and the refreshing, zesty burst of flavors that dance on your palate. Here’s why it stands out:

01. Timeless Appeal

The Gimlet’s roots trace back to the early 20th century, yet it remains as relevant and popular as ever. Its timeless appeal lies in its straightforwardness and its ability to satisfy a wide range of taste preferences.

02. Versatility and Simplicity

The Gimlet is a classic cocktail that’s incredibly easy to make, making it accessible to both cocktail aficionados and beginners. With just a few simple ingredients and a quick shake, you have a refreshing drink that’s suitable for any occasion.

03. Aesthetic

A well-garnished Gimlet, adorned with a lime wheel or twist, presents beautifully. It’s not just about the taste but also the visual allure—the lime garnish adds a pop of color and enhances the overall drinking experience.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Gin: Think of it as the cool cousin in this cocktail party, bringing in that distinctive taste.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Squeeze those limes, and let’s get that zesty vibe going!
  • Simple Syrup: It’s just sugar and water shaking hands to sweeten the deal.
  • Lime Wheel or Twist: Because we’re going for the fancy yet fun look here.
  • Ice Cubes: Cool things down. Literally.

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The Details

  1. Gear Up: Grab your shaker, jigger (fancy name for a measuring cup), and a strainer. Ready, set, mix!
  2. Mix It Right: Toss in the gin, fresh lime juice, and a splash of simple syrup into your shaker. Add some ice cubes, and shake it like you’re doing the happy dance.
  3. Pour and Strain: Strain that lime-infused potion into a fancy glass. No spills, we’re not wasting good stuff here!
  4. Dress to Impress: Garnish your creation with a lime wheel or a twist. It’s all about that classy entrance.
  5. Cheers and Sip Away!: Raise that glass and take a sip. Ah, perfection.

A Little Background Fun:

The Gimlet has been around since your grandpa was rocking flared pants. It’s simple, like the OG of cocktails. Gin, lime, and a hint of sweetness—it’s like the best trio in a band, each bringing their unique tune to the melody of refreshment.

So, here’s to the Gimlet, keeping it real and zesty since forever.

Cocktail Tips

Fresh is Best: Always use fresh lime juice. The vibrant, zesty taste of freshly squeezed limes adds a lively and authentic flavor to your Gimlet.

Quality Gin Matters: Invest in a good-quality gin, preferably a London dry gin, to be the star of your Gimlet. A top-notch gin can make a significant difference in taste and overall enjoyment.

Experiment With Garnishes: While lime is the classic garnish, feel free to experiment with other citrus twists like lemon or even a sprig of fresh mint for a unique twist.

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A Perfect Classic Gimlet Cocktail (demo)

recipe by :36e890011264ba5948da170f3a5ec50d?s=30&d=mm&r=gCoco
A classic Gimlet using lime juice, gin and simple syrup.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 90 kcal

E S S E N T I A L s

  • cocktail shaker
  • cocktail glass
  • jigger - optional

A c c o u t r e m e n t s

  • 2 oz dry gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup homemade or store bought
  • lime wheel or twist for garnish
  • ice cubes for chilling


  • Combine Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup.
  • Add Ice and Shake: Fill the shaker with ice. Close the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill the ingredients.
  • Strain into Glass: Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish & Serve: Garnish with a lime wheel or a twist of lime peel and serve!


*Nutrition information is only a rough estimate.
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