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It’s surprising that we’ve never actually covered a gimlet before! This gin cocktail usually features two or three ingredients, depending on how you make it– super simple! A vodka gimlet is a common replacement for the classic gimlet drink, so if you’re not into gin, feel free to substitute vodka instead.

Fog Cutter Cocktail

Gimlet cocktail, copyright A Bar Above 2021

The history of this cocktail and the etymology for gimlet (the word) is super interesting. Traditionally, it is made with Rose’s lime juice, which came out in 1867, but fresh lime juice and simple syrup are also commonly used today. 

Although Rose’s was developed in 1867 as a way to help sailors fight scurvy, the word gimlet wasn’t actually used to describe a cocktail until 1928– but sailors were probably drinking it long before it had an official name! After all, it’s a lot more fun to ingest citrus with alcohol.

Fog Cutter Cocktail

Copyright A Bar Above, 2021

The definition of gimlet refers to a small, sharp tool used for drilling holes– so it’s possible the cocktail borrowed this name because of the sharp bite it gives. (I mean, it is a gin sour.)

So if you’re ready for a little bite of lime, here’s the recipe of your new favorite gin cocktail. (And don’t forget, you can also make a vodka gimlet instead– or in addition!)

Boston Shaker


The best of the basics. This core kit includes the three tools you need to make most common cocktails: a trusty two-piece Boston shaker, a Hawthorne strainer with extra-tight spring and a two-sided Jigger with measurement lines all the way down to 1/4 oz!


Shake all ingredients and strain into a Nick and Nora or coupe glass.
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2.00 oz Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup


  • Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker filled with ice
  • Shake to chill and dilute
  • Strain with a Hawthorn strainer into a Nick and Nora glass and garnish with a lime slice
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!