a gimlet martini in with freshly cut limes all around it

Gimlet Cocktail

A Gimlet Cocktail is a timeless classic drink recipe made with lime juice, a touch of sweetness, and gin or vodka for a perfectly refreshing drink served as a martini or on the rocks.
Course cocktail, drink
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 140kcal
Author Melissa Erdelac


  • 1 ½ ounces gin or vodka
  • ½ ounce simple syrup, see recipe notes
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice

lime wedges or mint, for garnish


    • Add gin or vodka, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass (straight up) or a rocks glass filled with ice.
    • Garnish with fresh lime wedge and mint, if desired.


    How to Make Simple Syrup:
    Combine equal parts water and sugar and heat either on the stove or in the microwave until sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is no longer cloudy. Cool before using. 
    • Cucumber Gimlet: Muddle a few slices of cucumber in the bottom of the cocktail shaker. Add gimlet ingredients, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with cucumber slice.
    • Blackberry Gimlet: Muddle fresh blackberries and mint in the bottom of the cocktail shaker. Add gimlet ingredients, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a blackberry and mint sprig.
    • Gin Sour: Substituted lemon juice for the the lime.
    • Strawberry Gin Smash: Muddle fresh strawberries and mint or basil in a highball glass. Add gimlet ingredients and fill the glass with ice. Stir and add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a fresh strawberry slice.
    • Basil Gimlet: Add 8 basil leaves to the cocktail shaker or muddle in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add gimlet ingredients, shake or stir. 
    • French Gimlet: Omit the simple syrup and replace with elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain.


    Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Iron: 1mg