My Favorite Gin Gimlet Recipe

/ Friday, August 10, 2012

I'm craving a smidge more old-school charm in my life. Maybe it has something to do with Pippa Lord's write up on BabyCakes NYC creator, Erin McKenna. Whatever the reason, this cocktail feels like a good place to start... 

Rumor has it my gorgeous grandmother used to put out onion dip and a tray of gimlets when the gals came over to play cards—take me there! I need to ask her about the details. For now, here's a recipe for my gin gimlet. I make my own lime simple syrup to sweeten 'em up (because, if you're like me, you probably keep forgetting to pick up Rose's).

MAKES: 1 drink

3 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¼ to ½ ounce plain or lime-flavored simple syrup
Lime wedge or twist, for garnish

Shake the gin, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass or an ice-filled lowball glass. Garnish with lime.

Oh! Boyfriend says he prefers to stir a squeeze of lime juice into a proper  martini. So that's something to think about if you want a stiffer drink. It is Friday...Cheers!


  1. Now that looks like a summer Friday!

    Nanny will be very proud.

  2. Hopefully these gimlets are up to her standards, Mama :)


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