Mint Gimlet


Sometimes we spend so much time trying to make something new, different, and special that we forget about the tried and true basics. I’m always looking for the next cocktail with some sort of artisanal element like a special herb or exotic fruit when I’m ordering at a bar, but I’m the first person to appreciate something simple and effortless when it comes to making drinks at home. A vodka gimlet is about the easiest, most basic cocktail you can make and adding mint makes it taste that much fresher. This one is worth keeping limes and mint in the fridge on a rolling basis for spring and summer.




2 oz vodka

2 limes


1/2 oz simple syrup


Put about 10 mint leaves at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the juice of 2 limes and simple syrup. Muddle but don’t be too hardcore about it. You want the mint flavor to blend with the other ingredients but you don’t want it to break into a million pieces (not fun for sipping). Add about 5 ice cubes (crushed is better for this drink, if you have it), and the vodka. Shake. There are two ways to serve it – in a lowball with all the ingredients, or strained into a martini glass. Depends on how glamorous you’re feeling.



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  1. I’m not much of a drinker but this just looks so cool and refreshing. Is it bad if I sub in sparkling water and make it a mocktail?!

    Chelsea & The City

  2. Looks great! I’m definitely going to try this one :)



  3. I’m like you, always trying to find the next exciting drink (I actually posted about one with pear nectar today), but sometimes the classics are all you need :)


    Runway Chef

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  9. hi there. i know i am very late to this post… but i was wondering where you got these glasses? i’ve been searching for similar ones for years and am dying to know! thank you!

    1. thelifestyled 07/08/2014

      Hi! I believe I got them at CB2.

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