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A vodka gimlet served in a martini glass garnished with a lime wedge and surrounded by a white cloth and squeezed limes

Vodka Gimlet

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gimlet, vodka gimlet
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Brenda
My vodka gimlet recipe requires three simple ingredients: vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. This classic cocktail is a twist on the original gin based recipe, but you might find yourself wanting to make this by the pitcher. My how to guide will show you how to order and make your own in a martini glass or on the rocks.
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  • ice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce lime juice Freshly squeezed, reserve ½ the squeezed lime
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Bar Equipment Needed


  • In a shaker add ice
  • Add vodka, lime juice, ½ of lime that was squeezed, and simple syrup
  • Shake for at least 30 seconds until the side of the shaker are very cold and have frosted
  • Use the strainer to pour into a Martini glass if served up (no ice) or into a rocks glass if you are serving it with ice.



  • Use good quality ice. If you don't have access to good ice, buy some.
  • Use fresh lime. Don't use the bottled stuff.
  • You can also use gin in place of the vodka here.
  • If you are serving this with ice, use a rocks glass
  • If you are serving this "up," then use a martini glass


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 17mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Iron: 1mg