How Do You Make a Gimlet Cocktail?

How Do You Make a Gimlet Cocktail?

A gimlet is a simple cocktail made from dry gin and Rose's lime juice. The drink also works well with fresh lime juice and simple syrup.

Gin Gimlet Recipe

The gin gimlet cocktail has its roots in England in the 1930s. This recipe was originally published in Esquire magazine.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ready in: 5 minutes


  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 2/3 ounce Rose's lime juice
  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice.
  2. Shake the mixture with the ice to blend the flavors. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

Rose's Lime Juice is a bottled lime cordial. People who find it too sweet can also make gimlets with equal parts lime juice and simple syrup. To make a simple syrup, mix equal parts of water and sugar together and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir the mixture to let the sugar dissolve and remove it from the heat. Let the syrup cool and thicken before using it. To add some flavor to the syrup, add some lime zest to the mixture and strain before letting the syrup cool.

The original recipe for a gin gimlet featured in the 1930 Savoy Hotel bar book mixes equal parts gin and Rose's lime juice. However, most modern bartenders find the original drink too sweet.