Bennett Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol by volume:~22%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Bennett Cocktail is a riff on the classic Gimlet, which traditionally combines gin and lime juice. The Bennett ups the ante by adding a dash of bitters and a touch of sweetness with simple syrup. It's believed to have originated in the mid-20th century, and it's a hit among those who appreciate a tart, refreshing drink with a hint of complexity from the bitters.

  • Origins
    • The exact origins are a bit murky, but it's a variation of the Gimlet.
  • Popularity
    • It's particularly popular in craft cocktail circles.
  • Notable Features
    • The addition of bitters differentiates it from its Gimlet cousin.

How Bennett Cocktail Tastes?

The Bennett Cocktail is a harmonious blend of sour and sweet, with the botanical notes of gin shining through. The lime juice provides a zesty tang, while the simple syrup softens the edges, and the bitters bring a subtle spiced depth to the drink.

Interesting facts about Bennett Cocktail

  • The Bennett Cocktail is sometimes garnished with a lime wheel or zest to enhance its citrus aroma.
  • It's a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed before dinner as an aperitif or as a refreshing summertime drink.
  • The cocktail's simplicity makes it a favorite for home bartenders to experiment with.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Aromatic bitters: 1 dash

A few good options for Bennett Cocktail are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a complex base with herbal and floral notes. 2 oz is just the right amount to assert its presence without overpowering. Less could make the drink too tame; more might hijack the delicate balance.

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Lime Juice

Fresh lime juice adds a zesty sharpness that balances the sweetness of the syrup and the strength of the gin. 1 oz ensures the cocktail has a refreshing tang. Less lime juice and you might find the drink too sweet; more could turn it sour.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

This sweetener is essential for smoothing out the citrus bite. At 0.5 oz, it's just enough to sweeten without making the drink syrupy. Skimp on it and your cocktail might pucker your lips; overdo it and you'll be sipping on a sugar bomb.

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Aromatic Bitters

A dash of bitters contributes a layer of complexity with its concentrated spiced and herb flavors. It enhances the botanicals in gin and adds depth to every sip. Leave it out, and you'll miss that subtle hint of spice that makes the Bennett cocktail intriguing.

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Recipe. How to make Bennett Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters.
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Optionally garnish with a lime wheel or zest.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer a less sweet drink, you can reduce the simple syrup to a bar spoon (about 1/8 oz).
  • Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving for an extra-cold drink.

Perfect Pairings

Bennett Cocktail Pairings

Seafood: The crispness of the gin and the citrus zing from the lime juice make this cocktail a perfect match for seafood dishes like ceviche or grilled shrimp.

Spicy Foods: The refreshing nature of the Bennett Cocktail helps to counterbalance the heat from spicy foods such as Thai or Indian curries.

Cheese Plates: The botanicals of the gin complement soft cheeses like goat cheese, while the acidity can cut through richer cheeses.

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What you could change in Bennett Cocktail

  • Gin: You can use a light vodka if gin isn't your thing, though it will change the flavor profile significantly.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey syrup can be used for a different kind of sweetness.
  • Aromatic Bitters: Orange bitters can be a nice twist if you're out of aromatic bitters.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Bennett Twist

Ingredients: 2 oz Gin (preferably cucumber-infused), 1 oz Lime juice, 0.5 oz Simple syrup, 1 dash Aromatic bitters, Fresh cucumber slices.

Recipe: Muddle a few fresh cucumber slices in the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. Shake and strain into a glass. This adds a cool, garden-fresh dimension to the cocktail.

Spicy Bennett Twist

Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lime juice, 0.5 oz Simple syrup, 1 dash Aromatic bitters, A slice of jalapeño.

Recipe: Add a slice of jalapeño to the shaker and muddle it to release its heat. Proceed with the standard recipe. The jalapeño will introduce a spicy kick that pairs well with the botanicals in gin.

Elderflower Bennett Twist

Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lime juice, 0.5 oz Elderflower syrup, 1 dash Aromatic bitters.

Recipe: Use elderflower syrup instead of simple syrup for a floral twist. Shake all ingredients and strain into a glass. Elderflower syrup adds a sweet, lychee-like flavor, elevating the aromatic profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bennett Cocktail

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bennett Cocktail

What glassware is most appropriate for the Bennett Cocktail?

A chilled cocktail glass, such as a martini glass, is ideal for serving the Bennett Cocktail to highlight its elegant appearance.

Can I make the Bennett Cocktail in advance?

It's best to make it fresh due to the inclusion of lime juice, which can change in flavor over time. However, you can premix the gin, simple syrup, and bitters and add fresh lime juice when ready to serve.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Bennett Cocktail?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or seedlip and using non-alcoholic bitters.

How do I achieve the perfect dilution for a Bennett Cocktail?

Shake the cocktail with ice until the shaker feels very cold to the touch, which usually takes about 15 to 20 seconds, to achieve the right balance between dilution and chill.

Can I batch make Bennett Cocktails for a party?

Yes, you can mix the gin, simple syrup, and bitters in a larger quantity and store it chilled. Add fresh lime juice and ice when ready to serve and shake individual portions.

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