How to make strawberry limeade or a strawberry gimlet

How to make strawberry limeade or a strawberry gimlet

There are times I want a classic gin martini at the end of the day. And then there are warm summer evenings that call for sweeter, more 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.

As we discovered last month with my lavender gimlet, 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. If you are partial to a fruitier cocktail, increase the amount of lime and strawberry simple syrup in this strawberry gimlet. Or decrease it, if you primarily want the gin.

Frequently asked questions about the strawberry gimlet

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.

Can I have a gimlet over ice?

Yes, a gimlet on the rocks is a completely acceptable.

Can I substitute another alcohol for the gin?

Yes, if a gin cocktail isn’t your thing, the gimlet is highly adaptable to vodka or your preferred alcohol.

Can I substitute lemon juice for the lime juice?

Yes, though please always use fresh juice instead of that stuff that comes in a fake plastic lemon. If you added soda water to the cocktail and serve it over ice, you’d have a strawberry Tom Collins.

How do I make a strawberry basil gimlet?

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.

My kiddo doesn’t like soda, can I make the strawberry limeade with flat water?


How do I store simple syrup?

If you have any left over, simple syrups can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

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, or just eat them with a spoon!

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Strawberry simple syrup, strawberry gimlet, and strawberry limeade

Servings 1 drink
Author uglyducklingbakery


Strawberry simple syrup

  • 1 cup strawberries, stemmed, hulled, and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water

Strawberry gimlet

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) strawberry simple syrup from above
  • ½ oz (1 tbsp) lime juice

Strawberry limeade

  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) strawberry simple syrup from above
  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) lime juice
  • soda water, to top


Strawberry simple syrup

  • Combine chopped strawberries, sugar, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.
  • Strain the strawberry syrup into a clean measuring cup or jar using the finest strainer you have.

Strawberry gimlet

  • Combine ice, gin, simple syrup, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake (see FAQs). Strain into a martini glass and garnish with half of a strawberry.

Strawberry limeade

  • Add 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.
  • Drink with a reusable or compostable straw, if so desired.

What’s next?

If you make my strawberry simple syrup, strawberry gimlet, or virgin strawberry limeade or have any questions about them, please comment and/or share a pic!

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