Retro Cocktail Recipe : Vodka Gimlet

Posted by Meagan Kyla on
Tagged: cocktails

Like a lot of classic cocktails, there are a lot of variations and the Vodka Gimlet is no exception. The inspiration for finding this cocktail was due to a customer coming into the store looking to dress for a Mad Man style party, so I was pondering about what type of cocktails the characters on the show drink. I came across this Vodka Gimlet recipe on the AMC Mad Men page, but I decided to modify it a little to my taste seeing as there are a few variations that looked tasty to me.

Interesting facts:

  • A description of the drink in 1928 read, "gin, a spot of lime and soda" (Gimlet's can be made with both vodka or gin)
  • B Movie director Ed Wood's favorite drink is a vodka gimlet
  • The Gimlet is rumored to be named after British Royal Navy Surgeon, Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlet KCB who allegedly gave this cocktail to sailors to introduce lime juice as anti-scurvy medication.

Ingredients: (Mad Men recipe)

1 1/2 oz. Vodka

3/4 oz. Lime juice

3-4 Lime wedges

*I add 1/2 tsp. agave syrup as other recipes call for Rosie's sweetened lime juice


Shake vodka and lime juice (andsweetner if you'd like) into ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks with 3-4 lime slices. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!


Simple and refreshing, it's a tasty classic summer cocktail!



--Meagan Kyla

Tagged: cocktails

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