The Vodka Gimlet is equally at home on hot summer days by the pool and cool nights in hotel lobbies. The recipe is simply a vodka-based variation on the classic Gimlet that's refreshing, delightful, and easy to make. Where the traditional gin can sometimes be fairly complex, substituting vodka gives rise to a smooth, straightforward drink instead.
The Vodka Gimlet is most closely related to the Daiquiri, which is a nearly identical recipe made with rum. Both were invented by the British Navy to ensure that sailors got their daily rations of citrus, preventing scurvy (originally, they just gave the sailors limes, but they couldn't actually get them to eat or drink them until they added booze to the rations). This Vodka Gimlet recipe was also a favorite of Betty Draper on Mad Men, making it a perfect drink for period-piece parties. Hers would have used Rose's Lime Juice, but we recommend using the fresh stuff instead.
|2 oz vodka|
|0.5 oz fresh lime juice|
|0.5 oz simple syrup|
|Lime wheel or twist for garnish (optional)|
Preparation: How to make a Vodka Gimlet
- Add vodka and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel or twist (optional) and serve.