This is my favorite vodka gimlet!
This cocktail is fruity and slightly sweet, it is all good all the time!
Blackberry Vodka Gimlet
There is a running battle in our family at the moment, it is the battle of the berries. I buy containers upon containers of berries for my family. Each week I buy raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
I would prefer that the berries last all week, but the reality is I’m lucky if they last three days. It’s extremely frustrating, especially when you want some of those berries for Friday night cocktails. Do you feel me?
My husband uses up berries for his nightly “extreme” protein shakes, my youngest eats several handfuls of berries a day and my oldest daughter uses berries to top her Instagram worthy acai bowls.
Everyone has an agenda with their berries and everyone thinks their needs come first.
I think my agenda is the most important of all…I need berries for cocktails.
Cocktails like this Strawberry Grapefruit Cocktail, Blackberry Bourbon Fizz Cocktail, and this Blueberry Vodka Lemonade are some of my favorite berries flavored beverages to enjoy, especially in the summertime! So you see, I think I deserve the berries.
What Is A Gimlet Drink
A traditional gimlet is made with 2 parts gin and 1 part lime juice. Sometimes it is sweetened and sometimes it is served with club soda.
Gimlets are very easy to make and can just as easily be made with vodka instead of gin.
How To Make A Vodka Gimlet
To assemble a traditional gimlet, add the gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake vigorously to combine.
Pour the strained cocktail into a martini glass or into an on the rocks glass and garnish with citrus slices.
How To Make A Blackberry Vodka Gimlet
I chose blackberries for this particular cocktail because 1. they make a pretty cocktail and 2. they have been incredibly sweet and juicy lately.
This cocktail would work with any berry (or fruit for that matter) that you have in your fridge or that better suits your taste.
I like to start this recipe by making a batch of simple syrup. Simple syrup is nothing more than water and sugar boiled down together until thick.
The simple syrup for this gimlet drink has fresh blackberries added just as the sugar water begins to boil. When the mixture has thickened, strain your syrup over a fine sieve. Discard the berries and refrigerate the blackberry syrup.
Side note: Simple syrup can also be made with extracts, juices, vanilla beans, cucumbers, herbs…almost anything!
Once you make your simple syrup, make sure it cools completely before adding it to your cocktails.
It is always a great idea to make some extra syrup to use later for iced tea, lemonades, or other cocktails. Simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for 1-3 months (storing in a glass jar is the best option).
I did not add any club soda to my gimlet recipe but feel free to add some bubbly to your cocktail. Pour your gimlet into ice-filled glasses, and top them off with a little soda water!
How To Make A Frozen Vodka Gimlet
To make a frozen cocktail, combine the gin or vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice into a blender and blend until combined. Freeze mixture for at least 3 hours.
Add ice to the blender and blend until “slushy”; serve.
How To Make A Skinny Vodka Gimlet
A gimlet drink lends itself naturally to the calorie conscious. However, the simple syrup can definitely add up the calories. If you are watching calories, reduce the amount of syrup, or omit the syrup altogether.
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- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup blackberries
- 3 oz vodka
- 1 oz lime juice
- Prepare simple syrup by placing sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil. When sugar has dissolved, reduce heat and add blackberries. Simmer syrup until mixture thickens. Strain out the berries and allow syrup to cool completely.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, vodka and lime juice; shake. Pour out the cocktail into glasses filled with ice.
Simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 -3 months.
Nutrition InformationYield 2
Amount Per ServingCalories 205 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 2mg Carbohydrates 28g Fiber 1g Sugar 26g Protein 0g