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Vodka Gimlet Two Ways

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Vodka Gimlet Two Ways

Who doesn’t love a gimlet?

With a light and citrusy flavor that is not too sweet, it is the perfect apertif. Over the years, I have come up with many versions of my favorite drink, here are two of them:

As far as vodka goes, I don’t find much difference in the flavor when using in a mixed cocktail. I actual prefer Absolut Vodka because it does hold up better than others that I have tried. Some vodkas are too smooth and you cannot taste them at all.

St. Germain Liqueur is my preferred choice for sweetening the Vodka Gimlet Two Ways. It is a French liqueur made from Elderflower blossoms which are collected over a period of 2-3 weeks in the summer. 1,000 blossoms go into making a single bottle and each bottle is individually numbered to reflect the year in which the flowers were picked. I have tried other elderflower liqueurs but find this one far superior.

One of the gimlet variations has the addition of muddled mint for an even smoother cooler taste. The other version uses blood orange which not only turns it the most beautiful orangey-red color but adds a little bitter orange flavor.

If I were you, I would definitely make some of the Frico Cheese Crisps to enjoy as you sip your gimlets!!

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Vodka Gimlet Two Ways

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  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


A refreshing vodka cocktail.



Fresh Mint Gimlet

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain Liqueur
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 810 mint leaves

Blood Orange Gimlet

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain Liqueur
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Juice from 1/3 of blood orange


Fresh Mint Gimlet

  1. Place mint leaves, lime and St. Germain into empty shaker and muddle until broken down.
  2. Fill shaker with ice, add vodka and shake.
  3. Pour into glass and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Blood Orange Gimlet

  1. Fill shaker with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients, shake and pour into glass.
  3. Garnish with a round of blood orange.


If you do not have St. Germain liqueur, you can sweeten this cocktail with a couple squirts of agave syrup or simple syrup – but the St. Germain adds a beautiful floral complexity to this cocktail.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: none
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: Mixology



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