Gimlet Cocktail Recipe with DIY Lime Cordial

After picking up a bunch of limes on sale, I set out to discover the best way to use fresh limes in a cocktail. Homemade lime cordial (a variation of simple syrup) seemed like a good thing to try out.

Lime Gimlet Recipe
Note: This is based on the recipe from Jim Meehan’s The PDT Cocktail Book (using both fresh lime juice and lime cordial).


  • 2 oz Gin (Note: I preferred St. George terroir, Brad preferred Hendrick’s)
  • 3⁄4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 lime cordial (see below)
  • Garnish: lime wedge


Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake well. Strain through fine mesh strainer into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

DIY Lime Cordial Recipe
Sure, you can just use Rose’s Lime Juice, but this is easy to make and so much better. 


  • Zests of 6 Limes
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar


  1.  Make a “simple syrup” like concoction by combining sugar and lime juice in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves (liquid will ‘clear up’). Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Add lime zest to syrup in container with a lid and allow to infuse at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a resealable container (we like mason jars)
Straining lime cordial
Straining lime cordial

3 thoughts on “Gimlet Cocktail Recipe with DIY Lime Cordial

  1. This looks nice and refreshing. I’m going to try this one tonight! I’m not a gin connoisseur (yet) so I’ll start with the cheap stuff I have in my cabinet! Thanks for the post!

  2. The cordial recipe ingredients have 1 cup of lime juice but in the directions it says to add water to the sugar. Is it like juice or water that is combined with the sugar?

    1. Sorry for confusion – it’s a simple syrup like concoction, but doesn’t use water, only lime juice (hence the cordial). 🙂

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