This Mint Gimlet Cocktail is a twist on the classic. A gin cocktail with mint syrup and lime juice that is fresh, light, and delicious! Gluten-free and vegan.
A gin cocktail can be any number of classic drinks. Gin and tonic, negroni, salty dog, and gimlets are perpetually popular.
When one thinks of mint cocktails, there is the classic mojito or mint julep comes immediately to mind.
But next time you are at the grocery store, grab some mint and make what just might be your new favorite twist - a gin cocktail with mint!
Why you'll love this recipe
- A fun twist on the classic gimlet
- Simple syrup is easy to make
- Lime juice is bright and tangy, and the perfect pairing with mint.
- Cocktails at home are affordable and delicious.
Ingredients and substitutions
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.
Fresh mint leaves - Keeping herbs fresh and ready to use is sometimes tricky. But infusing a simple syrup will give you a fresh flavor for weeks.
Organic cane sugar - I like to use organic since it is processed in a cleaner way and is vegan-friendly.
Gin - I prefer to use London Dry gin for this mint cocktail but use what you have on hand. Other great gins such as Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, and Beefeater are all good options.
Lime juice - Definitely reach for fresh. If you only keep the bottle on hand, it will work, but nothing beats the fresh flavor of fresh lime.
Before you start: Get out all ingredients.
Step 1: Add organic cane sugar and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low; stir frequently until dissolved.
Step 2: Remove sugar syrup from the heat and add mint. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain into an airtight jar or container and allow to cool.
Step 3: Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker followed by the gin, mint simple syrup, and lime juice.
Step 4: Shake then strain into a chilled coupe cocktail glass or Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with mint sprig.
- The shopping list for this recipe is short, but high-quality ingredients make all the difference.
- Make the simple syrup ahead of time and store it in the fridge. It's great to have on hand for cocktails, coffees, or anything, really!
- Fresh lime is key here to have the best-tasting gimlet.
- There is a difference between shaking and stirring cocktails, so I recommend investing in a cocktail shaker!
I recommend picking up a cocktail shaker if you don't already have one. It will help you make so many fun drinks at home. It's the best way to combine ingredients while also chilling them.
A classic cocktail glass is best. If you have small wine glasses, those also work. What's key is something with a stem for holding, so the heat from your hand doesn't warm the drink.
Yes! If you are not a fan of gin or don't have it on hand, vodka can be used instead.
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Mint Gimlet Cocktail
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup fresh mint
- 2 ounces gin
- ½ ounce mint simple syrup
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
Mint Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan, add organic cane sugar and water. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low, stirring often until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add mint. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes, then strain simple syrup into an sterile airtight jar or container.
- Allow syrup to cool before sealing with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker followed by the gin, mint simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake then strain into a chilled cocktail glass or Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with mint.
- Make the simple syrup ahead of time and store it in the fridge. It's great to have on hand for cocktails, coffees, and baked goods!
- Fresh lime is key to having the best-tasting gimlet.