Famous Gin Cocktail: A Classic Gimlet Recipe

a classic gin gimlet

A Classic Gimlet Recipe: A Little About the Gimlet

The gimlet is a traditional gin cocktail made with lime syrup or cordial, it’s named after the tool, the gimlet (used for drilling small holes). The cocktail takes this name because it is supposed to be a ‘penetrating’ drink, sharp or piecing because its a sharp, citrus taste from the lime and the kick of the gin. It is usually served in a martini or coupe glass but as with any cocktail it will taste great in anything! With this recipe we recommend Twisting Spirits Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass as the base spirit, with its citrus tones it blends perfectly with the strong lime taste of the Gimlet!


If you have the time to make your own lime syrup, its a really delicious. Here’s how:

    • limes , zest and juice (top up with water to make it 100ml)
    • 200g caster sugar

Put the lime juice, zest and water into a pan with the sugar, heat very slowly, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves, don’t let the syrup boil.  

a classic gin gimlet

How to Make Your Gimlet

Put your glass in the fridge to chill it.

Pour 50ml of lime syrup or cordial into a jug or tall glass and add a few ice cubes and the gin.

Stir, until the outside of the container feels very cold.

Strain the mixture into your chilled glass and garnish with a slice of lime or edible flower.

Lemongrass Gimlet
a classic gimlet recipe

A Classic Gimlet recipe, what did you think? If you like this recipe, why not check out the other recipes up on our blog for more interesting things to do with gin! We also have all kinds of tips, tricks and recommendations for making the perfect drinks! Our Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass gin has the most botanicals of all our gins with an impressive 19 botanicals, uniquely chosen to capture this specific citrus and juniper taste!

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