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Gimlet cocktail recipe with lime juice

Nick Smith
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Steeped in history, the Gimlet cocktail was a drink of choice for the character Marlowe in the 1950s novel The Long Goodbye.

Oozing simplicity and elegance, it’s as easy to make as it is to drink. The most basic recipe is two parts gin to one part lime cordial shaken over ice. However, this version eschews lime cordial in favour of lime juice, sugar syrup and a dash of angostura bitters for complexity.

It’s also a lower calorie version of adding Rose’s lime cordial to your glass. You can always opt for a no sugar cordial alternative, but adding actual lime juice is guaranteed to create a cocktail that’s full of fresh zest.

Simply add a strip of lime peel as a garnish to really compliment the colour.


– 50ml gin

– 25ml lime

– Sugar syrup to taste

Angostura Bitters

A strip of lime peel to garnish


  1. Add the gin, lime juice and sugar syrup to an ice-filled shaker
  2. Shake for 10 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a strip of lime peel

See: Rejoice, here’s how to have fewer calories in your G&T than a glass of wine

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