A gin gimlet is a simple, yet refreshing cocktail. Made with minimal ingredients, this Lime Gimlet recipe is perfect for the holidays and worthy of any gathering.
I’ve been told many times that I’m an old soul. I’m unsure if this is something that is just me; not learned or anything, just always there, or if I’ve slowly acquired a taste for things that perhaps make me appear older than I am.
Take cocktails for example, gin which most people associate with an older demographic is by far my favourite.
And this Gimlet recipe throwback to the 1920’s is definitely a new favourite. The fact that its colours are perfect for the holidays is a wonderful coincidence that makes me happy.
I’m more into wine these days so I actually had to do some research on what this cocktail would be labeled once I developed the recipe; the obvious choice was a gimlet.
Gin, lime juice or cordial and soda. Simple, clean, and yet one killer cocktail in the taste department. I love that there’s no syrup involved making the tastes clean, straightforward and not overly sweet.
Truly perfect for a happy hour or a cocktail before supper arrives at the table. I’ve served them as a Christmas cocktail for those who also enjoy gin.
Obviously my kids didn’t drink this. That being said, they loved eating the lime slices and pomegranate seeds with glee. And I loved having a festive cocktail to enjoy during the witching hour at our house 😉
I know that this gimlet recipe is going to make an appearance at our annual holiday open house (when we’re able to host crowds again), but I also have 1-2 more very festive cocktails up my sleeve to share with you (the total number will depend upon how successful I am with recipe development – lol real life here guys).
What’s your favourite cocktail for the holidays?
A gimlet cocktail is best mixed with a dry London gin. There are lots of dry London gins around and the labels on gin bottles clearly state if they are indeed a dry London gin.
And while a gimlet looks like a martini, the absences of vermouth is what pushes this drink into the gimlet recipe category.
A traditional gimlet cocktail is made with a mix of gin and lime cordial, packed with lots of ice. Here I’ve added a touch of soda to ease up on the intensity of the gin, but it can be skipped if desired.
Likewise with the lime juice, a great substitution would be lime cordial.
More Winter Cocktails we sip on:
Simple, yet completely refreshing Lime Gimlet Recipe.
- 2 oz dry London gin
- 1 oz lime juice or lime cordial
- 1 oz simple syrup*
- 1 slice lime
- 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds optional
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until cold, place in a glass packed with crushed or cubed ice.
* Simple syrup is a simple combination of equal parts sugar and water. Mix together 2 tbsp of water and 2 tbsp of regular granulated sugar. Zap in the microwave until sugar is dissolved or place in a small sauce pan on the stove top and cook, while stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool. Will keep in fridge for up a about a month.