French Gimlet

On Fridays we like to offer up something fun for the weekend. Often it’s a baked treat like week before last’s Chocolate Muffins with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries or a fun drink like last Friday’s Puerto Rican Egg Nog.

Today we’re featuring a cocktail–French Gimlet. Just three ingredients–St. Germain, gin, and lime juice.

If you don’t have a bottle of St. Germain in your stash, buy it. Unlike a lot of other syrupy liqueurs, this one will not fade in the closet, untouched for years. It’s made from wild elderflowers, mild, yet floral, sweet not treacly. The St. Germain’s elderflower partners well with the gin’s juniper while the lime juice balances the sweetness.

The proportions are easy to remember: 2 parts gin, 1 part St. Germain, and 1/2 part lime juice. For two drinks (because it’s always good to share great food and drink with someone else) it’s 1/2 cup gin, 1/4 cup St. Germain, and 2 tablespoons lime juice.

Enjoy this lazy January weekend!

French Gimlet
Serves: 2
  • ½ cup gin
  • ¼ cup St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupes or martini glasses and serve.


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  1. uncle tony says

    a great cocktail Glad you are a purist and suggest gin over vodka . No Rose’s lime juice — a very good call. This cocktail has a good kick also

  2. kim says

    Bombay Sapphire is my go to for Martinis, Tangueray for summertime gin and tonics! Thanks for this recipe, having friends for dinner Saturday, this will be our cocktail to sip with a smoked trout app!

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