This is How to Make the Perfect Vodka Gimlet

I love a vodka gimlet. But despite the fact that it’s super-simple to make, a lot of people screw it up—too sour and you can’t drink the damn thing, too sweet and you’ve got a poor man’s margarita. Now there’s nothing wrong with being a poor man, but do you really want to drink like one? I thought not. Here’s how to do it right.

Clinton Kelly's Vodka Gimlet

Clinton Kelly's Vodka Gimlet

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz sweetened lime juice (like Rose’s)
  • ice
  • lime wheels (to garnish)

Combine ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then serve up in a martini or coup glass garnished with a lime wheel.


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