Tequila Gimlet

The Tequila Gimlet is made with tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave in a cocktail ratio that is classic for the sour family of cocktails. It’s a balanced sipper that’s perfect alongside chips and guacamole or your favorite spicy meal.

Read on to learn all about why this tequila recipe is a gimlet and not a margarita. Or just grab your cocktail shaker, hit that Jump to Recipe button, and let’s make this delicious tequila gimlet recipe!

golden yellow cocktail in a coupe garnished with lime and next to jigger.
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Bottle of silver tequila, agave nectar, and half a lime.

The gimlet is a variation of a sour cocktail typically made with gin. Just the daiquiri or mojito and other cocktails in the family, sour cocktails typically have two ounces of spirit and a half ounce to full ounce of lime or lemon juice and a sweetener.


Tequila is the anchor in this gimlet. It’s best to use a silver (blanco) tequila that’s ideally 100% agave and not mixto. I recommend Milagro Silver for cocktails unless you are making a Oaxaca Old Fashioned which is more suited to an aged tequila.

Agave syrup or nectar is a sweetener made from agave. Use an amber agave for deeper flavor.

Lime juice provides the sour component in this gimlet. You’ll need just about one lime for one ounce of lime juice.

It’s easiest to create your lime garnish before squeezing the lime. Or use a dried orange slice for garnish.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations and substitutions

Recipe tips and tricks

Making a gimlet with tequila is not complicated. Simply add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with lime peel expressed over the glass, and enjoy!

Tip from the wise quacker: The teaching is that cocktails with lime or other citrus juices should be shaken. Cocktails should be stirred if they are all liquor.

cocktail in a coupe garnished with lime on two coasters next to lime half and jigger.

Recipe FAQs

Can I drink a tequila gimlet on the rocks?

Yes, that is perfectly acceptable.

Why is this cocktail not a margarita?

Purists will say that a margarita must contain triple sec. However, just like how the espresso martini isn’t a martini, there are cocktails like the Tommy’s Margarita which is a skinny margarita that doesn’t follow any rules.

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Tequila Gimlet

5 from 1 vote
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 182kcal
The Tequila Gimlet is made with tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave in a cocktail ratio that is classic for the sour family of cocktails. It's a balanced sipper that's perfect alongside chips and guacamole or with your favorite spicy meal.
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  • 2 ounces blanco (silver) tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar amber or light
  • lime twist or wheel for garnish


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker packed with ice and shake for about 10 to 20 seconds to chill.
    2 ounces blanco (silver) tequila, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, ½ ounce agave nectar
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with your lime twist or wheel. Enjoy!
    lime twist or wheel


Tasters preferred amber agave over light agave in this tequila gimlet for its slightly bolder flavor. Feel free to substitute a 1 to 1 demerara simple syrup or other simple syrup if you do not have agave nectar..
Double straining removes all of the citrus pulp and ice shards from your cocktail.
You can also serve a tequila gimlet in a rocks glass over ice.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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This recipe was inspired by that lime rose created for the 2024 52 weeks of cocktails challenge, week 3: garnish.

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