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Vodka Gimlet

vodka gimlet cocktail
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The Vodka Gimlet is not a drink to be toyed with. Unlike its gin counterpart, which can slink and sway beneath a periodic table of botanicals, a good Vodka Gimlet should be two things and two things only: cold and strong.

The Gimlet dates back to the late 18th century, when British sailors needed vitamin C to keep scurvy at bay. Enter limes. The little green fruits were ready to help, but getting sailors to drink the sour juice was a lot easier when it was mixed with liquor. The delicious, medicinal drink has been popular ever since. But it wasn’t until the vodka boom of the 1970s and ’80s that vodka supplanted gin in the Gimlet. While gin is still the traditional way to go, and the spirit itself has earned its way back into drinker’s hearts, a good Vodka Gimlet has its charms.

When making the cocktail at home, it’s best to start with ice-cold vodka. So, if you’re not already keeping a bottle in your freezer, go ahead and throw one in there for safekeeping. Then keep it away from the bottle of Rose’s collecting dust on your bar. The sweet, concentrated lime cordial, upon which many a Gimlet has suffered, is no substitute for fresh-squeezed lime juice and simple syrup. The duo create a better, more balanced flavor than what you can achieve when using the premixed cordial.

The three-ingredient Vodka Gimlet is easy to make, right up there with a Daiquiri and other straightforward shaken cocktails. Make one at home the next time you’re craving a simple, delicious drink. The scurvy prevention is just an added bonus.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with a lime wheel.