the tequila gimlet recipe…a variation of gin gimlet

A Gimlet is usually associated with Gin. The Gin Gimlet is considered to be the traditional gimlet and it uses Gin as the base spirit. A Tequila Gimlet is a variation of the Gin Gimlet and as the name suggests uses Tequila as the base spirit instead of the Gin.

Some recipes call for fresh lemon juice in addition to the Rose’s Lime Juice. The addition of the fresh lemon juice gives it a lighter and fresher flavor. Some recipes do also call for lemon juice and sugar syrup instead of the Rose’s Sweetened Lime juice. Although substituting the Rose’s Lime will be give you a lighter and fresher flavor, the resulting drink can hardly be considered a Gimlet any more, as Gimlet usually is associated with the Rose’s Lime juice.

You can serve the tequila gimlet either as a ‘up’ martini or as a low-ball. When served as a low-ball, the drink is served on the rocks (with ice cubes).


  • 3 shots of Silver or White Tequila
  • 1 shot of Rose’s Lime Juice
  • A lemon slice for garnish


  1. Add some ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 3 shots of Silver Tequila into the shaker
  3. Add a shot of the 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 lemon slice

tequila gimlet - cocktail

Variations and Similar Drinks

Gin Gimlet: The base spirit in this drink is Gin instead of Tequila. This is considered to be the original or traditional Gimlet
Vodka Gimlet: The Vodka takes the place of Tequila in this variation

Notes and Tips

  • You can serve the drink in a low-ball glass over ice as well.
  • Always use a good quality 100% Agave Tequila. The quality of the tequila dictates the taste of the drink.
  • The Silver Tequila is also known as White or Blanco Tequila.
  • You could use a lime wedge as garnish as well, instead of the lemon slice.