Gimlet Cocktail

A classic gimlet doesn’t require much: gin (or vodka, if you must), lime, and simple syrup. That’s it! It’s a perfectly balanced gin sour that’s equally appropriate for a dinner party or a casual night at home.

  • Prep time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Zest from one fresh lime (optional)
  • 2 ounces gin (Plymouth Dry Gin or Tanqueray)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice


1 Prep simple syrup: Make a simple syrup with a 1:1 sugar and hot water ratio (see more here), steeping the lime zest in it for 10 minutes in a nonreactive container. Fine-strain this after 10 minutes, and refrigerate what you do not use today.

2 Combine ingredients: Combine the gin, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for about 30 seconds, or until a frost forms on the shaker.

3 Strain and serve: Double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.


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