the classic gin gimlet recipe: how to make a gimlet

The Gin Gimlet is a classic cocktail made with Gin and lime juice. The earliest documented recipe, from the 1920s called for Gin, lime and soda. Since then the recipe has evolved quite a bit to its latest variations. The recipe from the 1950s called for equal parts of Gin and Rose’s lime juice.

Some recipes call for lime juice and simple syrup instead of the Rose’s lime juice which works just as well. There are other recipes which substitutes the simple syrup with super fine sugar as well. The Gimlet is one of the classic sour gin drink that is equally sweet, tart and refreshing. The refreshing nature of the drink makes it perfect for spring and summer.

Gimlet itself refers to a class of the drink that is made with a base liquor and Rose’s Lime juice and nothing else. The base spirit can be something like Gin, Vodka, Rum etc.

The drink can be served as a martini in a classic martini glass or coupe. The Gimlet is sometimes served on ice in a short ball or old fashioned glass as well.



  1. Add some ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 3 shots of Gin into the shaker
  3. Add a shot of Rose’s Lime Juice into the shaker
  4. Shake the contents of the shaker well
  5. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  6. Garnish the drink with a slice of cucumber

Gimlet made with Gin and Lime Juice

Variations and Similar Drink

Vodka Gimlet: Substitute Gin with Vodka for a Vodka Gimlet.
Daiquiri: Use Rum as the base spirit instead of Gin

Notes and Tips

  • You can use a lemon slice or wedge as garnish instead of the cucumber slice.
  • The cucumber slice works best if you use Hendricks Gin. You can use any good quality Gin of your choice.
  • Substitute Rose’s lime with equal parts of lime juice and simple syrup, if you don’t have lime cordial such as the Rose’s lime juice.