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A small coupe glass filled with a lime cocktail with a wheel of lime and sprig of mint

Gimlet cocktail

Published: January 26, 2022 at 11:41 am
  • Easy
  • Serves 1

Add a zingy burst of flavour to this easy cocktail with fresh lime juice, homemade lime syrup and mint – it's a refreshing tipple


Mix up a gimlet cocktail, then check out our dirty martini, tom collins, vesper martini and more gin cocktails. For a non-alcoholic version, try our gimlet mocktail.



  • 2 limes, zested and juiced 
  • 75g caster sugar


  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lime syrup
  • 25ml lime juice
  • lime wheel and mint sprig, to garnish (optional)


  • STEP 1

    To make the syrup, put the lime zest and juice and the sugar into a small pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Bubble for 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture becomes a little syrupy. Cool and store in a sterilised jar. This will make more than you need but will keep, chilled, for a week.

  • STEP 2

    To make the gimlet, put all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until the outside of the shaker feels very cold. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of mint, if you like.

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