Vodka Gimlet
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Vodka Gimlet
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4.9 / 5
The Vodka Gimlet is a classic cocktail that has been around since the early 20th century. It is believed to have originated in the British Navy as a way to ... more The Vodka Gimlet is a classic cocktail that has been around since the early 20th century. It is believed to have originated in the British Navy as a way to ward off scurvy, with the lime juice providing a dose of Vitamin C. This refreshing and tart cocktail has a simple yet balanced flavor profile, with the vodka providing a neutral base and the combination of lime juice, lemon juice, and lime cordial adding a citrus zing. The sugar syrup helps to balance out the tartness and adds a touch of sweetness. The cocktail is typically served chilled and can be garnished with a lime wedge for an extra punch of flavor. It has become a popular choice for those looking for a light and refreshing drink with a bit of a kick.
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30.61% | 3 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Vodka Gimlet stands out with its simplicity, hinging on the crisp clean taste of vodka softened by a mix of citrus and sweet elements from lime cordial and sugar syrup. This delightfully straightforward cocktail offers a refreshing zesty kick, ideal for a palate-cleansing aperitif.

Method
How to make a Vodka Gimlet

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lime zest twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly shake a Vodka Gimlet to ensure its coldness and texture?

To properly shake a Vodka Gimlet, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the vodka, lime juice, lemon juice, lime cordial, and sugar syrup. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This method chills the cocktail and creates a slightly frothy texture, enhancing the overall experience.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing suggestions for a Vodka Gimlet?

A classic garnishing suggestion for a Vodka Gimlet is a thin lime wheel or a lime twist. To add a touch of elegance, you can also rim the glass with sugar or salt, depending on your preference. Additionally, a sprig of mint could offer a refreshing aroma that complements the lime flavors.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the lime cordial in a Vodka Gimlet with something else?

Yes, if you do not have lime cordial, you can substitute it with fresh lime juice mixed with a bit more sugar syrup, or you could use a high-quality lime liqueur. The goal is to balance the tartness of the lime with a sweet counterpart, so adjusting the sweetness to taste is key.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Vodka Gimlet compare to other classic cocktails?

The Vodka Gimlet has an alcohol content of approximately 30.61%, which places it in the mid-to-high range among classic cocktails. For comparison, a classic Martini might range from 30% to 32% alcohol by volume (ABV), depending on the recipe, making the Vodka Gimlet similar in strength. Conversely, a Mojito typically has a lower ABV, around 10-15%, making the Vodka Gimlet significantly stronger.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What's the best way to serve a Vodka Gimlet to enhance its flavor?

The best way to serve a Vodka Gimlet is chilled in a pre-cooled cocktail glass to maintain its cold temperature, enhancing its crisp and refreshing qualities. Serving it without ice in the glass ensures that the cocktail does not become diluted over time, keeping the flavors balanced and strong from the first sip to the last.

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