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This tequila gimlet is an easy recipe that takes a spin on the classic gimlet cocktail. Made with only 3 ingredients in 5 minutes, this is a simple drink even for beginners.
A classic gimlet recipe is made with gin, lime juice and simple syrup. This recipe uses tequila instead of gin for a unique twist.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick & Easy — You can whip up a couple of these gimlets in under 5 minutes! There is nothing tricky about this recipe.
- 3 Ingredients — All you need are 3 basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand: tequila, lime juice and simple syrup (sugar and water).
- Tequila kick — This is the perfect drink for tequila lovers. Instead of gin, this tequila gimlet has a tequila kick that makes a refreshing, simple cocktail.
- Tequila: For this gimlet recipe, use blanco tequila or silver tequila. You can taste the tequila in this drink, so use a brand of tequila that you enjoy. As a substitute, you can use another type of alcohol, such as gin, white rum or vodka.
- Lime Juice: If you have the time, use freshly squeezed lime juice. Fresh lime juice gives the brightest flavor and complements the tequila well. For a quicker option use Rose’s lime juice (also called Rose’s lime cordial).
- Simple Syrup: A dash of simple syrup adds some sweetness to balance out the strong tequila and sour lime juice. Classic gimlet recipes use simple syrup, but since this one is made with tequila, agave syrup would be an excellent substitute.
How To Make A Tequila Gimlet
Step 1: Add the tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Step 2: Shake well and strain.
- Spicy — For a spicy tequila gimlet, replace the regular simple syrup with this jalapeno simple syrup.
- Fruity — If you want to make a fruity gimlet recipe, like this strawberry gimlet, use a fruit flavored simple syrup instead of regular simple syrup. Some great options are this peach simple syrup or this raspberry simple syrup.
- Herby — To add in some fresh herb flavor, you can either muddle a bunch of fresh herbs in the cocktail shaker before mixing the cocktail together, or use an herb simple syrup, such as this thyme simple syrup or this basil simple syrup.
- Citrusy — Experiment with different citrus flavors. Try replacing the lime juice with lemon juice, or add in a dash of another citrus flavor, such as orange juice or grapefruit juice.
- Chill the glasses. If you are serving your tequila gimlet straight up, chill your glasses in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes before serving to make sure your cocktail stays extra cold.
- Add garnish. If you are serving this drink to guests, add some garnish such as a slice of lime or a sprig of fresh herbs to the cocktail glass.
- Make your own simple syrup. You can buy premade simple syrup, but it is much cheaper to make your own. Heat equal portions of granulated sugar and water on a saucepan for about 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the stove and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Traditionally gimlets are served in coupe glasses, but martini glasses work just as well.
Yes. You can replace the lime juice with freshly squeezed lemon juice, but this will slightly change the flavor of the drink.
Gimlets can be served straight up or on the rocks, depending on your preference.