French gimlets are delightful, elegant, and most importantly, easy cocktails to make for a crowd. They're a lovely addition to any dinner party menu at almost any time of the year (although I tend to think that they're best in spring or summer).
You can even make a big batch of these guys ahead of time - although for truly best results, you'll want to shake and activate the lime juice just before serving.
what's a gimlet?
A gimlet is a classic cocktail made from gin and lime juice, and nothing else. Easy, simple, and refreshing. The name apparently comes from one of two places. Option 1: a gimlet is a drill that was often used on Royal Navy ships - and the drink was said to have a piercing impact on the sailors. Option 2: The possible inventor of the drink was named Sir Thomas Gimlette, who was a naval surgeon and *may* have come up with it as a way to cure scurvy. Fun times!
A French gimlet is simply gin, lime juice, and St. Germain (or elderflower liqueur), which brings in a lovely floral taste, but still keeps it easy and refreshing).
how to serve it
Typically, gimlets are served straight up in coupe glasses, which I would recommend. If it's a hot day though, and you're craving some ice, throw it in a rocks glass with an ice cube. Garnish it with edible flowers for a truly beautiful presentation!
How to Make a French Gimlet
It really could not be any easier. You're just going to take your gin, lime, and St. Germain, put it in a Boston Shaker half-filled with ice, and shake for 30-60 seconds. Strain, and serve!
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- 1 oz lime juice
- 2 oz gin
- 3 oz St. Germain
- edible flowers for garnish
- Combine all ingredients (except flowers, if using) into a Boston shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds. Strain into coupe glasses. Garnish with flowers if desired.
Hi, I'm Cara! I'm a food writer, journalist, and recipe developer. I'm obsessed good food, good wine, good cocktails and entertaining. I've picked up a few tips over the years, and love sharing them with others.