Created on August 3, 2023

The Gimlet, a cocktail as crisp and refreshing as its name suggests, is the perfect blend of simplicity and sophistication. Often referred to as a "gin lover's delight," this delightful concoction dates back to the mid-19th century. Stay with me as we delve into the art of crafting the perfect Gimlet.

Lime-green Gimlet cocktail in a cocktail glass with a lime wheel garnish, on a marble counter


  • 2 Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Lime Wheel (garnish)


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the Gin, Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure you chill your glass beforehand to keep the gin smooth as you drink it, since there's no ice served with the drink.

  • As always, use fresh lime juice for a natural, zesty flavor.

  • An alternative way to make the Gimlet is to substitute in lime syrup or lime cordial, for the lime juice and simple syrup. This was the traditional way to make the drink, but we believe fresh lime juice is what really makes this drink.

  • Experiment with the gin-to-lime ratio to your taste. Some people like to use 2.5 ounces of gin, and some like to use 1 ounce of lime juice. It's completely up to you.

  • If you don't have any simple syrup, try using honey in its place. It's surprisingly good!

What's In A Gimlet?

The Gimlet cocktail is made with three ingredients: gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. It hinges on the perfect balance between the robustness of gin and the tanginess of fresh lime juice. Using high-quality ingredients enhances this harmony.

Best Gin for a Gimlet

The gin forms the backbone of the Gimlet. A good London dry gin, such as Tanqueray or Beefeater, adds a delightful complexity with its blend of botanicals. Tanqueray's dominant juniper notes, in particular, provide a robust counterpoint to the zesty lime.


Said to be born in the British Royal Navy, the Gimlet came into being in the mid-19th century as a means to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Lime juice, rich in vitamin C, was mixed with gin, a staple in naval vessels. This practical origin morphed into a cocktail classic over the years.

Despite its humble beginnings, the Gimlet holds a prominent place in popular culture, notably mentioned in Raymond Chandler's novel, 'The Long Goodbye.' Today, the Gimlet remains a refreshing choice on cocktail menus worldwide.


What Does A Gimlet Taste Like?

A Gimlet is a delightful balance of tart, sweet, and botanical flavors. The gin lends a complex, slightly floral, and juniper-infused note. The fresh lime juice brings a tart citrus element that counteracts the sweetness of the simple syrup. Together, they create a crisp, refreshing, and balanced cocktail.