French Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

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A cocktail I usually neglect about, and have to remind myself to order extra, are gimlets. They’re only a easy cocktail and are so scrumptious. It’s additionally a pleasant improve from a gin and tonic if that’s your go to drink. A traditional gimlet is solely 2 components gin, to 1 half lime juice and a bit of straightforward syrup. You also can swap the gin for vodka and make a vodka gimlet. A gimlet cocktail is sort of a margarita although in that you would be able to simply combine it up. Add in recent flavors, fruits and extra to make it recent for the season. I’ve made a coconut basil gimlet on the weblog earlier than right here. But one well-liked variation is a French Gimlet. Basically, you possibly can swap the straightforward syrup within the traditional gimlet for anything candy. And in a French Gimlet, that swap is St Germain.

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If you’ve by no means had St Germain, or elderflower liquor, you’re lacking out. It’s a kind of issues I feel each bar ought to have. It has floral and candy notes making it such an awesome addition to cocktails. And one surprising statistic I just lately discovered was that St Germain is pretty new to the bar scene. It was invented in 2007, are you able to consider it? I really feel prefer it’s been round ceaselessly. But I suppose once I give it some thought, that’s in regards to the time I began ingesting grown up cocktails.

This French gimlet is an ideal cocktail for comfortable hour with associates, patio drinks or only a strategy to chill out after a day of labor. I really like when cocktails are easy to place collectively and this French gimlet is simply that. Three elements, tremendous straightforward! And the floral and citrus flavors actually sing after they’re collectively and make for a spectacular cocktail I’m positive you’ll love.

French Gimlet Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz of fine gin – I all the time use Hendricks, however Bombay or Tanqueray are additionally nice selections
  • 1 oz of St Germain elderflower liquor
  • 1/2 oz of recent lime juice
  • Lime for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Combine all of your ingreidnets to the shaker – gin, St Germain and lime juice
  3. Shake till chilly for 30 to 60 seconds
  4. Strain right into a martini glass or coupe glass
  5. Garnish with a lime – I took a peeler and peeled a bit, sliced a protracted slit down the center and bent it in half to get this enjoyable garnish.

Gimlet Cocktail Variations

There are so many variations of a gimlet and that’s one of many explanation why I really like this cocktail a lot. Since you possibly can swap the liquor for both gin or vodka and it’s nonetheless a gimlet, you possibly can then mess around with the opposite components of the drink. Also, gimlets don’t should be in martini glasses. When you order one at a bar, they often ask, up or on the rocks. You can do it both means!

One of my favourite variations is my coconut basil gimlet is tremendous scrumptious and refreshing. I really like utilizing herbs in cocktails. Since a traditional gimlet makes use of easy syrup, you can additionally make this with some infused easy syrups which is all the time an effective way so as to add new flavors to a cocktail. From herb-infused to get much more basil notes, to perhaps even a ginger easy syrup (a private favourite). Definitely get inventive with this customary gimlet recipe to make it your personal. Another variation that I’m eyeing is after all from my spirit animal, Ina Garten. Her pomegranate gimlets look divine.


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