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This vodka gimlet recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic gimlet made with vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. If you’re looking for a quick and easy co*cktail that everyone can enjoy, this is the one!

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I have made my fair share of vodka gimlets, but I never got into drinking them. That was mainly because the only ones I ever had were made with bottled lime juice. For some reason, bottled lime juice is not my friend. I’ve always found it too acidic.

In my early days as a bartender, I alwaysstayed true to the recipes, never deviating from how they were written. The reason I did this for as long as I did was because management at the Mexican restaurant where I worked was very particular about the brand’smargaritas. And rightfully so.

But I haven’t worked at that restaurant in over 25 years, so I’ve thrown ‘by the book’ mixology out the window. I just hope I didn’t hit anyone walking by.

What makes this gimlet recipe better than one made with bottled lime juice?

When sweet and sour is made with freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup, it just tastes better than the bottled version like Rose’s lime juice. Maybe it’s the lack of preservatives. In any case, once you substitute bottled lime juicewith freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup, you will never go back. Believe me.

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Helpful tips

  • Place the glasses you are going to use in the freezer at least 10 minutes before you make the gimlet as it makes the drink stay colder longer. It’s fun to experience this drink from a chilled co*cktail glass.
  • Keep your vodka in the freezer too, for the reason stated above. Don’t worry, it won’t freeze.
  • Use the best vodka you can afford because as with a martini, the gimlet is mostly vodka and you will be able to taste the difference.
  • Always use fresh lime juice as the bottled kind has preservatives and is very acidic.
  • Try a sour to sweet ration of 2:1. If that’s not sweet enough for you, add enough simple syrup to make it a 1:1 ratio.
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How to mix a vodka gimlet

Pre step

Fill your co*cktail shaker halfway with ice. Get a measuring glass and glassware.

As you measure each ingredient below, pour it into the shaker.

Step one

Get the ingredients – vodka, limes and simple syrup. (A)

Step two

Measure 6 ounces of vodka. (B)

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Step three

Juice two limes, which usually yields 2 ounces. (C)

Step four

Measure 1 ounce simple syrup. (D)

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Step five

Cut four thin lime wheels for garnish and set them aside. Take your martini glass out of the freezer – I also feature a double old fashioned glass in this post.

Put some ice in the old fashioned glass.

Place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Pour, divide, and strain the contents of the shaker between the glasses.

Add your garnish. Since the lime wheels are thin, they will mostly float, which makes the drink fun and pretty!

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Vertical view of the vodka gimlet recipe.

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See what I mean about the pretty limes? Now the aerial view.

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I hope you enjoyed this vodka gimlet recipe!

Please feel free to leave me a comment do you prefer a vodka or gin gimlet?

Other popular vodka recipes

  • Dirty martini
  • Grapefruit mojito
  • White grape cosmo

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Vodka Gimlet recipe

This vodka gimlet recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic gimlet made with vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. If you’re looking for a quick and easy co*cktail that everyone can enjoy, this is the one!

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Course: co*cktails

Cuisine: co*cktails

Keyword: vodka co*cktail, vodka gimlet

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 co*cktails

Calories: 241kcal

Author: Elaine Benoit

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Garnish

  • 4 lime wheels thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Fill co*cktail shaker halfway with ice and get your glassware. I use a classic martini glass (with no ice) and a double old fashioned (with ice).

  • Addvodka, lime juice and simple syrup.

    6 ounces vodka, 2 ounces lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup

  • Cap co*cktail shaker and shake for 20 seconds. If you are serving one with ice, add it now. Divide and strain the liquid into glasses.

  • Float lime wheels.

    4 lime wheels

  • Sip

  • Smile

  • Enjoy

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Notes

If it isn’t sweet enough for you, add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. But try these amounts first!

Also: You can serve this co*cktail on the rocks or straight up like it is in this recipe. Your choice.

Tips for making a vodka gimlet recipe:

    • Place the glasses you are going to use in the freezer at least 10 minutes before you make the gimlet as it makes the drink stay colder longer. It’s fun to experience this drink from a chilled co*cktail glass.
    • Keep your vodka in the freezer too, for the reason stated above. Don’t worry, it won’t freeze.
    • Use the best vodka you can afford because as with a martini, the gimlet is mostly vodka and you will be able to taste the difference.
    • Always use fresh lime juice as the bottled kind has preservatives and is very acidic.
    • Try a sour to sweet ration of 2:1. If that’s not sweet enough for you, add enough simple syrup to make it a 1:1 ratio.

Nutrition

Serving: 1co*cktail | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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This vodka gimlet co*cktail recipe was first published in October of 2016.

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted co*cktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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