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Since the “gin hype” at the beginning of the 2000s, gin cocktails have become increasingly popular. A gin cocktail that was already known before that is called a gimlet. This drink is prepared with just two ingredients and convinces with a harmonious fresh taste profile. We would like to present the simple Gimlet recipe to you here and hope you have fun preparing and enjoying it!

Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl gin
  • 2 cl lime juice

Step by Step Guide

  1. Pour the gin and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Strain the drink into a martini glass, strain and serve.
gimlet cocktail
Recipe by Chris


There is almost no cocktail that is easier to prepare than the gimlet. Simply add gin and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake this bar accessory well and then strain the drink into a martini glass. Now you can garnish the cocktail with a lime zest and serve it. And that’s it. It could hardly be simpler!

Bar Accessories:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini glass
  • Jigger

The taste profile of the Gimlet Cocktail


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The taste of the Gimlet is strongly dependent on the gin used. Actually, the cocktail tastes like gin, which is slightly underlined with sweet, fruity lime juice. Therefore, you should take special care when choosing the gin. The cool, refreshing taste makes the gimlet very good at beach parties in summer. You can also enjoy the drink in spring as a “mood setter” for summer. Try the cocktail and convince yourself of its special taste.

Everything for the taste

The gimlet was invented as early as the late 18th century, but not yet under this name. At that time, spirits still had a very hard and edgy taste. They were often undrinkable and could not be enjoyed pleasantly. The quality of spirits has improved a lot until today. Because of the harsh taste, people started mixing spirits with sugar and/or citrus fruits early on. Well-known cocktails that resulted from these experiments are called Whisky Sour, Gin Fizz, Tom Collins and the Gimlet.

The 18th century versions were probably still made with rum from the Caribbean. It was only when British sailors brought gin to the Caribbean that gin was also mixed with lime juice. The sailors brought these “recipes” back to England. That was in the 19th century. Over the years, the quality of spirits improved considerably and cocktail recipes became more professional. Thus, the gimlet slowly spread throughout the world via Cuba and England. The reason for this: the simple preparation and the few ingredients used for the cocktail. Another special feature: the Gimlet is said to have been Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drink. However, there is no proof of this.

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Gimlet - FAQ

What is a Gimlet?

A gimlet is probably the simplest gin cocktail that can be prepared from just two ingredients. You can prepare a pleasantly harmonious, fresh cocktail from gin and lime juice in two minutes.

How do you prepare it?

Simply add lime juice and gin to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Then strain the mixture into a martini glass and serve the drink. It couldn’t be easier or quicker!

How does the Gimlet taste?

With the Gimlet cocktail, the main focus is on the taste of the gin used. This taste is pleasantly underlined by the fruity-sour taste of the lime. The interplay is unique and can only be recreated by a few drinks.

How was it invented?

The cocktail was originally invented to make spirits more drinkable. By mixing gin/rum and lime juice, the spirit could be consumed more easily. Over the years, this evolved into the professional gimlet recipe.