This strawberry gimlet is the drink you need on those warm summer evenings that call for sweet, refreshing cocktails. These are the drinks my kiddo looks at and asks for one of her own. Luckily this strawberry simple syrup can either be turned into a strawberry gimlet with gin or into a virgin strawberry limeade by adding soda water.
Tips and tricks
The classic gimlet was a very sweet drink made with equal amounts of gin and lime cordial. Over the years, cocktails have become less sweet as tastes have changed. The gimlet is now considered one of the classic sour cocktails like the margarita or daiquiri.
Making the strawberry simple syrup
Simple syrups are really, well, simple to make. Just start with equal amounts of sugar and water in a pot and bring them together over low heat.
Making this strawberry gimlet
You can serve this gimlet with ice in a rocks glass or straight up. Your preference.
This recipe makes a sweet cocktail. If you aren’t partial to sweet cocktails, use the classic sour formula of 2 ounces of gin and three-quarter ounces of both simple syrup and lime juice.
If a gin cocktail isn’t your thing, the gimlet is highly adaptable to vodka or your preferred alcohol.
- Use rum and you’ve got a strawberry daiquiri.
- If you use lemon juice, add soda water to the cocktail, and serve it over ice, you’d have a strawberry Tom Collins.
- If you like the flavors of strawberry and basil together, add a handful of basil to the sauce pan to make a strawberry basil simple syrup.
No, go ahead and shake to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.
If you have any left over, homemade simple syrups can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or two.
Check out other uglyducklingbakery summer beverages like this lavender gimlet. elderflower Tom Collins, jalapeno raspberry bramble, spicy margarita, Aperol sour, or vodka sour with blackberry simple syrup. Kiddo loves a mocktail made with that blackberry syrup too!
Strawberry Gimlet and Strawberry Limeade
Strawberry simple syrup
- 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen If fresh, stemmed, hulled, and roughly chopped.
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 ounce gin
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) strawberry simple syrup from above
- ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
- 2 ounce (¼ cup) strawberry simple syrup from above
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
- soda water, to top
- strawberry or lime wheel
Strawberry simple syrup
- Combine chopped strawberries, sugar, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a slow barely bubbling boil for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup water
- Strain the strawberry syrup into a clean measuring cup or jar using the finest strainer you have.
- Combine about a half cup of ice with the gin, simple syrup, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with half of a strawberry.2 ounce gin, 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) strawberry simple syrup from above, ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
- Add the reserved strawberries, if using, to the bottom of a medium-sized glass.
- Add ice, then lime juice, then the strawberry simple syrup, and top with soda water.2 ounce (¼ cup) strawberry simple syrup from above, 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice, soda water, to top
- Drink with a reusable or compostable straw, if so desired.
If you make this strawberry simple syrup, strawberry gimlet, or virgin strawberry limeade, I would love it if you left a comment and rating!
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