Tuesday, 11 May 2010


With the sun peeking its little head through the clouds from time to time, thoughts turn to drinking for refreshment, as well as nourishment. The Gimlet is a short, sharp cocktail, ideal for those moments when you need something with a bit of zip.


45ml (1.5oz) vodka
15ml (0.5oz) lime juice
15ml (0.5oz) simple syrup

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

If you don't have any limes, use lemons. If you don't have any lemons either, what are you playing at? Feel free to adjust the citrus/sugar ratio, depending on the sweetness of your tooth.

MORE: If that looks too easy, check out my Ginger Green Tea Gimlet.


  1. While that is a fine drink, it actually is more like a vodka sour than it is a gimlet. A key ingredient in the Gimlet is a lime juice cordial such as Rose's. Without that it's really not a Gimlet in any shape or form :)

  2. Thanks, Dennis. The Gimlet was originally made with gin, as I understand it, but over the years vodka became the more popular ingredient and the recipe evolved. I'm sure you're right about Rose's, but since fresh ingredients are the driving force of modern mixology I'm all for letting things evolve some more. (That said, I'll give it a go with Rose's and let you know what I think!)