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My favorite way to make a classic 3-ingredient gimlet cocktail, naturally sweetened with simple honey syrup.
Tgif, friends! I vote we toast the weekend with one of my favorite cool and easy cocktails in warm weather …
… a classic gimlet. ♡
(Yes, for all podcast listeners, gimlet was a gin cocktail long before it was a media network!) If you're new to this drink, a classic gimlet is traditionally made with gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. It's quick and easy to mix in a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice, and then traditionally served with a lemon wedge. So easy!
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I prefer to naturally sweeten gimlet cocktails with plain honey syrup, the botanical flavor of which I think combines better with gin than traditional plain white sugar syrup. You are also welcome to gin sub vodka of course if you prefer a gimlet vodka. And if you feel like being a little creative and customizing your own gimlet, I've also included plenty of other ideas below for other herbs, spirits, or botanicals that would make delicious additions, too.
It's a simple three-ingredient recipe that should be in every cocktail lover's back pocket. So grab your favorite bottle of gin and let's make a gimlet!
To make this classic gimlet recipe, you will need the following ingredients (amounts listed in the recipe below)…
- Geneva: Use the type of gin you like best for this cocktail!
- Fresh files: Some will argue that a classic gimlet drink should be made with cordial lime, but I prefer to use freshly squeezed lime juice, which many historians believe is actually how this cocktail originated.
- Simple syrup honey: Easily done by whisking a 50/50 mixture of honey and warm water until the honey has dissolved.
- Ice: Shake and cool the cocktail.
How to make a Gimlet cocktail:
To make a gin gimlet cocktail, simply …
- To combine. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mason jar, along with a handful of ice, then cover and shake until cool.
- Strain and serve. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (coupe glasses are traditional) and serve with a lime wedge, if desired.
Gimlet recipe variations:
Do you want to be creative and personalize your gimlet recipe? Do not hesitate to…
- Use vodka instead of gin. If you want to make a traditional vodka gimlet.
- Add herbs. Mix in some fresh basil or rosemary, or simmer the fresh herbs in your simple honey syrup, to add a little extra flavor of fresh herbs.
- Add botanicals. Shake in some extra dried juniper berries, peppercorns, cardamom pods, dried ginger, dried citrus peels, etc. for extra flavor.
- Add the cucumber. Mix together a few slices of fresh cucumber, then strain the cocktail and serve with an additional one or two cucumber slices as a garnish.
Frequently asked questions about Gimlet:
How do you pronounce "gimlet"? It is pronounced with a hard “g”, like the word “give”.
Where did the name "gimlet" originate? According to Wikipedia, “the name of the cocktail is questioned. It can be named after the small hole drilling tool (alluding to its "drilling" effect on the drinker) or by surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB (1857–1943), who is said to have first added cordial lime to gin. Daily tot of Royal Navy men to help combat the ravages of scurvy on long trips. ”
What if I want to use Rose's lime juice broth? You can use the same amount of lime juice broth as fresh lime juice, then skip the simple syrup.
More favorite gin cocktails:
Looking for more classic gin cocktail recipes? Here are some of my favorites …
My favorite way to make a classic 3-ingredient gimlet cocktail, naturally sweetened with honey instead of plain syrup. See the notes above for possible variations of ingredients and supplements.
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) gin
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
- 1/2 to 1 ounce (1 to 2 tablespoons) of simple honey syrup, * to taste
- lime wedges, to garnish
- To combine. Combine the gin, lime juice, and simple honey syrup in a shaker or glass jar. Add a handful of ice. Then cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, or until mixture cools.
- Strain and serve. Strain into a cold cocktail glass and serve with a lemon wedge, if desired.
To make simple honey syrup: Whisk 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of very warm water until the honey has completely dissolved. I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of the simple honey syrup to start, then try the cocktail quickly and mix in a second tablespoon if you want it to be sweeter.