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Vodka Gimlet

The Vodka Gimlet is a timeless cocktail known for its crisp, refreshing taste and simplicity. Originating in the British Royal Navy during the 19th century, it was initially concocted to prevent scurvy among sailors, providing a daily ration of lime juice. Over time, this humble remedy transformed into a beloved libation enjoyed in bars and households worldwide.

The Vodka Gimlet is a timeless cocktail known for its crisp, refreshing taste and simplicity. Originating in the British Royal Navy during the 19th century, it was initially concocted to prevent scurvy among sailors, providing a daily ration of lime juice. Over time, this humble remedy transformed into a beloved libation enjoyed in bars and households worldwide.

Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) vodka

  • 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) fresh lime juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Strainer

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of vodka into the shaker.

  3. Add 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) of fresh lime juice to the shaker.

  4. Pour in 15 ml (1/2 oz) of simple syrup.

  5. Secure the shaker lid and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill the ingredients and achieve proper dilution.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass using a fine mesh strainer to remove ice shards.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a lime wheel or twist for an added touch of elegance.

Flavor Profile:

The Vodka Gimlet boasts a perfect balance of tartness from the lime juice, subtle sweetness from the simple syrup, and the smooth, clean finish of vodka. It's a harmonious blend of citrusy and crisp flavors with a refreshing finish.



Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:


  • Experiment with Citrus Varieties: Try using different varieties of limes or even other citrus fruits like lemons or key limes to find the perfect balance of acidity and flavor. Personally, I find that Persian limes offer a bright and zesty flavor that complements the vodka beautifully.

  • Homemade Simple Syrup: While store-bought simple syrup works just fine, making your own at home is incredibly easy and adds a touch of freshness to your cocktail. I prefer using a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar, heated until the sugar dissolves completely. It's a small effort that makes a big difference in the final taste.

  • Chill Your Glassware: Don't overlook the importance of chilling your martini glass before serving. Placing it in the freezer for a few minutes ensures that your Vodka Gimlet stays perfectly chilled from the first sip to the last. It's a small detail that elevates the drinking experience.

  • Personalize Your Garnish: Get creative with your garnish! While a classic lime wheel or twist is always a safe choice, don't be afraid to experiment with other options. I've found that a sprig of fresh mint adds a refreshing aroma that enhances the overall enjoyment of the cocktail.

  • Quality Vodka Matters: When it comes to cocktails as simple and elegant as the Vodka Gimlet, quality ingredients make all the difference. Opt for a premium vodka with a smooth finish and subtle notes that complement the citrus flavors. Investing in a good bottle ensures a superior drinking experience every time.


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