This ginger gimlet is a delightful twist on the classic cocktail, adding a touch of warmth and spice to the mix. With the zing of fresh ginger combined with the tangy lime, this drink is refreshing and invigorating.
The gin gimlet has roots in the 18th century and has evolved to incorporate new flavors and variations. While the traditional gimlet relied on lime cordial for sweetness, this ginger-infused version utilizes homemade ginger syrup to add a subtle sweetness and a distinctive kick.
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Here’s what you need for this ginger gimlet cocktail recipe.
- Good London Dry Gin: Good London Dry Gin (or your favorite gin). Use a high-quality gin where the main flavor in this gin comes from juniper berries, and no artificial colors or flavors are added.
- Fresh lime juice: Squeeze the juice from fresh limes to achieve a bright and tangy flavor.
- Ginger simple syrup: Prepare a simple syrup infused with fresh ginger, which will lend a warm and spicy note to the cocktail. You can reuse the ginger to make candied ginger for garnish!
- Ice cubes
- Cocktail shaker or a tall jar with a lid + a strainer
- Coupe glass or a rocks glass
Begin by making ginger syrup. Combine equal parts water, granulated sugar, and sliced ginger in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
Remove from heat and let the ginger steep in the syrup for 30 minutes until it’s room temperature. Strain out the ginger. You can reuse the ginger pieces to make candied ginger, see how in my ginger simple syrup post.
Once the ginger syrup is ready, fill a coupe glass with ice and set it aside to chill.
Combine gin, fresh lime juice, ginger syrup, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
Secure the lid tightly and shake the mixture vigorously to combine the flavors and chill the drink.
Remove the ice from the coupe glass and strain the ginger gimlet into the chilled cocktail glass.
Optionally, garnish the cocktail with a skewer of candied ginger or a lime wedge.
- Lemon instead of lime: If you prefer a slightly different citrus profile, swap the lime juice with fresh lemon juice. Lemon adds its own distinct tanginess while still complementing the ginger.
- Other flavors: You can use different herbs to infuse the syrup. Consider using rosemary or sage to create unique flavor profiles. Or try a thyme gimlet.
- Sugar rim: For an extra touch of sweetness, coat the rim of the glass with sugar. Run a wedge of lemon or lime along the edge of the glass, then dip it into a small plate of sugar.
- Vodka gimlets: If gin isn’t your spirit of choice, you can easily transform this cocktail into a vodka ginger gimlet by substituting the gin with your preferred vodka.
- 2oz / 60ml London Dry Gin
- 3/4 oz / 45ml Fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz /45ml Ginger simple syrup
- Candied ginger for serving
- Fill a coupe glass with ice.
- Add gin, lime juice, ginger syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Add on the lid and give it a shake until thoroughly chilled.
- Tip the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass.
- Add a cocktail stick with candied ginger for garnish, or a lime wedge.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g