How to Make a Strawberry Gimlet or Strawberry Limeade

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.

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strawberry simple syrup in a measuring cup.

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.

Variations

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.

FAQs

Is there a right or wrong way to shake a cocktail?

No, go ahead and shake to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.

How do I store simple syrup?

If you have any left over, homemade simple syrups can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or two.

What can I do with the leftover strawberries from making the simple syrup?

You can add them to the strawberry limeade, serve them over waffles, with yogurt and granola, or just eat them with a spoon!

Related recipes

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!

If you’re looking for strawberry recipes, try a strawberry apple pie, strawberry pop tarts, or dried strawberries.

Strawberry Gimlet and Strawberry Limeade

5 from 1 vote
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 211kcal
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.
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Ingredients

Strawberry simple syrup

  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen If fresh, stemmed, hulled, and roughly chopped.
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water

Strawberry gimlet

  • 2 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) strawberry simple syrup from above
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice

Strawberry limeade

  • 2 ounce (¼ cup) strawberry simple syrup from above
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • soda water, to top

Garnish

  • strawberry or lime wheel

Instructions

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.

Strawberry gimlet

  • 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

Strawberry limeade

  • 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.

Notes

Variations: substitute lemon juice for the lime and make a strawberry Tom Collins or a sparkling strawberry lemonade.
Nutritional information shown is included for the strawberry gimlet.
This recipe makes a sweet cocktail. If you aren’t partial to sweet, use the classic sour formula of 2 ounces of gin and three-quarter ounces of both strawberry syrup and lime juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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