Ivy Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:~17%

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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 Ivy Gimlet is a refreshing twist on the classic Gimlet, which has its origins in the British Royal Navy. Sailors mixed gin with lime to prevent scurvy, and eventually, this practical concoction evolved into a sophisticated cocktail. The Ivy Gimlet, with its addition of fresh mint, is a favorite among those who appreciate a balance of herbal and citrus notes.

How Ivy Gimlet Tastes?

The Ivy Gimlet offers a harmonious blend of sharp citrus and sweet undertones, complemented by the refreshing essence of mint. It's a crisp, invigorating drink with a smooth finish that lingers on the palate.

Interesting facts about Ivy Gimlet

  • The Gimlet was mentioned in the 1953 Raymond Chandler novel 'The Long Goodbye', which helped popularize the drink.
  • Traditionally made with gin, the vodka variation offers a smoother and sometimes more approachable profile.
  • The name 'Gimlet' is said to be named after Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette, who allegedly introduced this drink as a means to induce his sailors to take lime juice.


A few good options for Ivy Gimlet are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The backbone of our Ivy Gimlet is 2 oz of vodka. It provides a smooth, neutral base that lets the mint and lime shine. Too little, you miss the kick, too much, and your tastebuds might go on strike! Skip it, and you've got a minty limeade.

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Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz of fresh lime juice is here to tango with vodka, giving our drink that essential tangy zing. Less juice makes for a bland affair; more, and it's sour city. No lime? Try lemon, but expect a different kind of citric punch.

Mary Mitkina

Simple Syrup

Sweeten the deal with 0.75 oz of simple syrup. It's the peacemaker between the tart lime and the potent vodka. Omit this, and you might pucker up involuntarily. A smidge of honey could step in, but it'll bring floral notes to the party.

Alex Green

Fresh Mint Leaves

The heart of the Ivy in our Gimlet is 8-10 fresh mint leaves. They infuse a refreshing herbaceousness. Less mint can leave the cocktail feeling shy, while too much might feel like you're sipping a garden. No mint? Basil could pinch-hit for a spicier kick.

Mary Mitkina


The garnish is the cherry on top... or in this case, the mint and lime wedges. They're not just for looks - they add aroma and a hint of flavor with every sip. Leave them out, and you're snubbing the sensory experience.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Ivy Gimlet Drink

  1. Combine 2 oz of Vodka, 1 oz of Fresh Lime Juice, 0.75 oz of Simple Syrup, and 8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously to chill and infuse the mint flavor.
  4. Strain into a wine glass over crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves and lime wedges.

Pro Tips

  • Slap the mint leaves between your hands before adding them to the shaker to release their essential oils.
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Shrimp cocktail: The acidity and freshness of the Ivy Gimlet cut through the richness of the sauce.
  • Grilled fish: The herbal notes of mint and the zesty lime complement the charred flavors.


  • Fruit salads: Especially those with a citrus dressing align well with the gimlet's profile.
  • Green salads: With vinaigrette dressings, mint in the salad ties in perfectly with the drink.

Asian Cuisine

  • Vietnamese spring rolls: Lime and mint in the Ivy Gimlet echo the herbs commonly found in these dishes.
  • Sushi: The clean flavors of sushi are elevated by the crisp and refreshing nature of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Ivy Gimlet

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with gin for a more traditional Gimlet experience.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be used for a different sweetness profile.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: Basil can be an alternative for a unique twist.

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Cucumber Ivy Gimlet

Add 3-4 slices of cucumber in the shaker with the other ingredients. It brings a spa-like tranquility to the drink, making it even more refreshing and mellow - ideal for those summer garden parties.

Spicy Ivy Gimlet

Muddle 1 slice of jalapeño pepper with the mint leaves before shaking. This gives the cocktail a fiery personality for those who like a drink with a kick. The heat will warm you up, even as the lime tries to cool you down.

Berry Ivy Gimlet

Throw in a handful of muddled berries (raspberries or blackberries work great) with the lime and mint. This incarnation is a fruity frolic in a glass, adding sweetness and depth. The berries color the cocktail with their personality, good for impressing a date or celebrating spring.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ivy Gimlet

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 Ivy Gimlet

What is the origin of the Gimlet cocktail?

The Gimlet cocktail traditionally consists of gin and lime juice and is believed to have been created by members of the British Royal Navy to combat scurvy, a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C.

How do you properly shake a cocktail?

To shake a cocktail, fill a shaker with the necessary ingredients and ice, then hold the shaker with both hands (one on each piece) and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds or until the shaker feels very cold to the touch.

What is simple syrup and how do you make it?

Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener used in drinks, made by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a pan over heat, cooling the mixture, and storing it in a bottle for use in various cocktails.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Ivy Gimlet?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by omitting the vodka and perhaps adding a bit of sparkling water or soda to maintain the refreshing quality.

What type of glass is best to serve the Ivy Gimlet in?

The Ivy Gimlet is typically served in a wine glass or a cocktail glass, though any glass that can accommodate ice and the volume of the drink will suffice.

Is there a particular time of year when the Ivy Gimlet is most popular?

The Ivy Gimlet, with its refreshing and crisp mint-lime flavor, is particularly popular during the spring and summer months, but it can be enjoyed year-round.

How do I choose a high-quality vodka for my Ivy Gimlet?

Look for a vodka that is smooth and neutral in flavor, which will not overpower the other ingredients in the cocktail. Premium or top-shelf vodkas are often recommended for a cleaner taste.

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