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What to Drink This Weekend: Gimlet

What to Drink This Weekend: Gimlet

Looking for a new cocktail to try out this weekend? Want to wind down with a fresh new drink? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you should drink this weekend.

The official start to summer is fast approaching and we’re already feeling the heat here at Cool Material HQ. The warmer months call for refreshing cocktails and I’ve certainly been eyeing my bottles of tequila and mezcal. While margaritas have been the drink of choice in summers past, we wanted to switch things up in 2023. We recently put together a list of the best alternatives to margaritas and an immediate favorite from that lineup is the Gimlet.

As we’ve mentioned previously, gin has been having a moment. The botanical spirit was derided in years past but imaginative bartenders have recovered the classic liquor’s place of honor. And a steady crop of new distillers have shone a light on how complex and vibrant gin can be.

That being said, the Gimlet is a decidedly classic drink. It first appeared in the 1920s as a simple combination of gin and lime – barely even a cocktail. Now, the Gimlet is a regular feature for most cocktail bars sitting squarely between the G&T and the Tom Collins (minus the carbonation). It’s still remarkably simple, relying on the citrus sweetness of lime juice and simple syrup. But the botanical complexity of the gin makes the Gimlet a perfect summer option for Margarita fans.

Gimlet Ingredients

Gin – Since Gin is really the main attraction here, you’ll want to opt for a high-quality option. Plymouth Gin is a reliable option while Monkey 47 is a worthwhile upgrade for a Gimlet. We’re particularly fond of Nikka Coffey Gin and Barr Hill Gin.

Lime Juice – The original recipe calls for a sweetened lime cordial like Rose’s or El Guapo. Or you can just opt for a combination of freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup.

Simple Syrup – If you’re avoiding lime cordial in your recipe then you’ll want to make yourself some simple syrup. A classic combination of equal parts sugar and water should do the trick.

Gimlet Recipe

  1. Combine 2.5 ounces gin, .5 ounces lime juice, and .5 ounces of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and enjoy!