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. HOW TO MAKE A GIMLET DRINK EVEN BETTER!
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.