Classic gimlet Cocktail with a lime Garnish andon a silver plate which is on a blue table
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How to Make a Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

The Gimlet Cocktail. The Gimlet cocktail was originally made as a medicine, but it sure doesn’t taste like it! With its sweet limey taste it’s an absolutely delicious drink, try this amazing cocktail today. Here’s our recipe below for the Gimlet Cocktail.

Here’s What You’re Going to Need

You’re going to need some equipment to make a Gimlet Cocktail:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Coupe Glass or Martini Glass are recommended
A gimlet with a fresh lime wheel on the sugared or salted rim of a cocktail glass.

For the cocktail:

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Sugar syrup (see notes below)
  • Crushed ice

Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

A gimlet cocktail on a glass countertop and red background

Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet is an alcoholic beverage that originated in the 1900s. This cocktail is a very sour drink, that has gin and lime juice in it.
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: alcoholic drink, Gimlet, lime, sour
Servings: 1
Calories: 176kcal
Cost: $4


  • Shaker
  • Strainer


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Sugar syrup
  • Crushed ice


  • Add crushed ice to a glass.
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  • Add the gin into the glass.
  • Add the lime juice and sugar syrup into the glass
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  • Shake the elixir in the shaker and strain into a glass.
    A gimlet cocktail on a glass countertop and red background



Serving: 1g | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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History of Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet’s origins can be traced back to the British navy. It is believed that in 1867 sailors drank lime juice to help fight scurvy and when they mixed it with alcohol the Gimlet was born.

Classic gimlet Cocktail with a lime Garnish andon a silver plate which is on a blue table

In the 1950s the Gimlet rose to popularity after it was mentioned in the Raymond Chandler novel The Long Goodbye. The main character in the book, Philip Marlowe, said, “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.” By saying this, the Gimlet became a popular drink around the world and still is today.

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

How do I make sugar syrup?

AKA as simple syrup, it can easily be made.
Combine one cup of water and one cup of white sugar in a sacuepan and bring to boil. Stir until all sugar dissolves. Allow to completely cool.

My drink is too strong for my liking

Reduce the amount of gin and replace with more simple syrup.
Note: this will cause the drink to be a little sweeter.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many milliliters you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total and the calculator will do the rest.

Some Other Ways This Drink is Made

Key differences in this recipe are the use of 3/4oz measurements for both the simple syrup and the lime juice. Try both and see which you like better!

This recipe uses sweetened lime juice instead of regular lime juice and simple syrup, this gives a very similar effect.

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