rasberry gimlet

Raspberry Gimlet (The Flavourful Twist on a Classic)

The gimlet is a classic cocktail that has graced many a sophisticated bar menu over the years. Renowned for its simplicity, it traditionally combines gin with a touch of lime and a hint of sweetness. But, as with many classics, there’s always room for innovation. Enter the “raspberry gimlet”, a vibrant and fruity take on this revered cocktail.

Background of the Gimlet

The origins of the gimlet are somewhat shrouded in mystery, with some attributing its invention to British sailors seeking to combat scurvy, thanks to the lime content. Over the years, its crisp and refreshing nature has made it a beloved choice for many cocktail enthusiasts.

Raspberry Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

The raspberry gimlet infuses the traditional recipe with the juicy tartness of raspberries, adding depth and a splash of color.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Calories: Approx. 180


  • Gin: 2 parts (50ml)
  • Fresh lime juice: 1 part (25ml)
  • Raspberry syrup (or muddled fresh raspberries): 1 part (25ml)
  • Ice cubes: As required
  • Fresh raspberries and a lime twist for garnish


  1. Muddling: If opting for fresh raspberries, muddle a handful in the base of your shaker to extract their juices.
  2. Combining: Into the shaker, introduce the gin, lime juice, and raspberry syrup (if not using muddled berries).
  3. Shaking: After adding ice, give the mixture a good shake for about 15 seconds using your Interplay cocktail shaker.
  4. Presentation: Strain the vibrant blend into a chilled glass. Garnish with a couple of raspberries and a lime twist for that final touch.

Garnishing Options for Raspberry Gimlet

  1. Fresh Raspberry Skewer: Place 2-3 fresh raspberries on a cocktail skewer. It not only looks elegant but provides an edible delight post-sip.
  2. Lime Twist: A spiraled lime peel gives a pop of color contrast and adds an aromatic zest to the drink’s surface.
  3. Mint Sprig: A sprig of fresh mint can bring a cool aroma and adds a splash of green, contrasting beautifully with the vibrant red of the raspberry.
  4. Lime Wheel: A thin slice of lime, either floated on the surface or perched on the rim, brings a visual appeal and highlights the citrus component of the gimlet.
  5. Raspberry Sugar Rim: Before pouring the drink, wet the rim with lime and dip the glass into a mix of sugar and crushed dried raspberries for a textured and flavorful edge.

Variations of Raspberry Gimlet

  1. Rosemary Raspberry Gimlet: Introduce the aromatic complexity of rosemary by muddling a sprig with raspberries. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig for an herbaceous note.
  2. Spiced Raspberry Gimlet: Add a cinnamon stick during the muddling process or a pinch of cayenne pepper for a warming contrast to the drink’s tartness.
  3. Prosecco-Topped Raspberry Gimlet: Before serving, top the gimlet with a splash of Prosecco or any sparkling wine. This variation adds a bubbly texture and a slightly different taste profile.
  4. Creamy Raspberry Gimlet: Introduce a splash of coconut milk or cream for a creamier texture and tropical undertone.
  5. Jalapeño Raspberry Gimlet: Muddle a slice or two of jalapeño with the raspberries for a spicy kick. The heat of the jalapeño contrasts well with the drink’s sweetness.

With these variations and garnish options, the raspberry gimlet proves its versatility, catering to a wide range of palates and occasions.

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