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Vodka Gimlet Recipe

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posted: 10/11/19

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This classic Vodka Gimlet recipe is the perfect combination of sour and sweet with the delicious taste of lime. Made with just vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice, If you love great vodka drinks, make this vodka gimlet cocktail!

small goblet with lime slices in it and a vodka gimlet recipe, garnished with a lime slice, another glass in the background and a lime wedge in the forefront

Happy Friday, friends! Today I have something special for you! A Vodka Gimlet!

Around here, a classic Vodka Gimlet straight up is a fan favorite! We love our gimlets and we love them strong. We have sampled many a gimlet. The key to a great gimlet is quality vodka and the perfect combination of lime juice and simple syrup.

What is in a Vodka Gimlet?

There are three different schools of thought on this.

  • Those who make a gimlet with Rose’s Lime Juice.
  • Others who make it with a lime infused simple syrup.
  • And those of us who use fresh lime juice and simple syrup for that perfect balance of sweet and sour.

We stand proudly and firmly in the last camp.

While you can also make a gimlet with gin (and I do love gin) I prefer to make gimlets with vodka. There is a solid 2 1/2 ounces of vodka in this drink making it more than half of the drink itself. Buy a quality vodka. Purchase a vodka that is smooth enough to drink on it’s own.

angled view on two goblets with lime wedges in them, garnished with lime slices and lime wedges on the surface of the table all around them

How Do You Make a Vodka Gimlet Recipe?

In a shaker, combine your quality vodka, fresh lime juice (strained), and simple syrup. Before you get stressed about simple syrup and think that you want to go buy some, make sure you read our post on how to make simple syrup. It is much easier thank you think!

After combining everything in a cocktail shaker and shaking with ice, strain it into a glass, and enjoy!

If you can’t get enough of vodka drinks – and who can blame you – grab a recipe for another classic and strong vodka cocktail. This Dirty Martini Recipe should do the trick!

Other Classics We Know You’ll Love

Fancy drinks are amazing. I love a good artisan cocktail. But sometimes you just want the classic. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

My French 75 is one of my favorite cocktails. The champagne and gin together are perfection.

You can commune with your inner college girl with my Amaretto Sour.

And I would never ever pass up a chance at this Whiskey Sour.

And if you do make this Vodka Gimlet Recipe, make sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

small goblet with lime slices in it and a vodka gimlet recipe, garnished with a lime slice, another glass in the background and a lime wedge in the forefront
small goblet with lime slices in it and a vodka gimlet recipe, garnished with a lime slice, another glass in the background and a lime wedge in the forefront
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Vodka Gimlet

Serves: 2 cocktails
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This classic Vodka Gimlet cocktail is the perfect combination of sour and sweet with the delicious taste of lime.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce lime juice strained
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass.
Calories: 105kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) Sodium: 23mg (1%) Potassium: 18mg (1%) Sugar: 10g (11%) Vitamin C: 6.6mg (8%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
small goblet with lime slices in it and a vodka gimlet recipe, garnished with a lime slice, another glass in the background and a lime wedge in the forefront

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  1. George R Hooper Jr says

    If you really like Vodka Gimlets, do yourself a favor & try this recipe from Stuart Woods’ novel NAKED GREED.

    Remove 6 oz of vodka from a 750- ml bottle , replace it with 6 oz Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice, and put it in the freezer.

    Anytime you’re ready for one it’ll be ready for you!

    • Donna Macdonald says

      I like mine frozen ( Snow Cone like). And prefer Gin over Vodka.

  2. Jessie says

    5 stars
    This is our favorite version of Vodka Gimlets! Not too sweet, not too sour, just right!

  3. Emily says

    Where are these gimlet glasses from?

    • Lisa Longley says

      IKEA!

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