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French Gimlet Cocktail

This French gimlet cocktail recipe makes such a smooth drink. And there are only three ingredients to this spectacular and delicious cocktail!

The gimlet poured into the glasses with lime twists as garnish

Why elderberry liqueur enhances this cocktail

St. Germain or any other elderberry liqueur is a botanical liqueur so it would enhance any cocktail that also calls for gin since gin is also made from botanicals.

This gimlet is a perfect example of how well the two flavors meld together!

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I’ve made cocktails with St. Germain liqueur such as the Chatelaine and the Frenchie.  But this cocktail is a first for me.  I spent a weekend at my brother’s house recently and he served this cocktail as one of our happy hour drinks along with the chili cheese dip as an appetizer.  They both were so delicious, I knew I had to make and blog about them.

My bro made this cocktail in a rocks glass but I thought it would also be fabulous in a martini glass.

I was right.

Bob first encountered this drink at a friend’s house but the name they used for it sounded made up.  I knew it was a real cocktail, so I played sleuth when I got home and found out it is indeed a French gimlet.

I’m so clever.

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Helpful tips

  • Bombay Sapphire is a mid-level gin and is perfect in this cocktail. But if isn’t in your budget, Tanqueray will also work.
  • My brother’s recipe called for half a lime per cocktail but I wanted to post a specific measurement for my readers. That said, half of a normal sized lime usually yields .5 ounce of lime juice, so half a lime per cocktail is a safe approximation.
  • The ratio of the ingredients are 2:1:(1/2).
  • Whenever you either zest a lime or cut a twist out of the skin, be sure you’ve washed the lime first.

How to wash and pick citrus

  • If you are just washing one piece of citrus, use a natural, unscented hand soap, squirt some in your hand and rub over the fruit. Next, run cold water over the lime as you use the brush on the skin.
  • If using a lot of citrus, place them in a bowl with three cups of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. After 10 minutes, remove the fruit and run them under cold water, using a brush to scrub the skin.
  • Heavier fruit have more juice, so heft it in your hand when you’re in the market.
  • In the store, squeeze the fruit lightly.  There should be a little give to it.  Do not pick the fruit if it is too firm.
  •  The stronger the fruit smells, the fresher it is. So make sure to smell it too.
  • Try to gauge the thickness of the rind. The thinner the rind, the more juice it will yield.
  • Before juicing citrus, roll it between your palm and a hard surface like a counter. Doing this will help release the juice.

How to make a French gimlet cocktail


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, get a channeling knife or a paring knife and your glassware: I used an old fashioned glass and a martini glass.

Cut four wide lime twists and set aside for the garnish.

After measuring out each ingredient below, pour it into the cocktail shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients: gin, St. Germain liqueur and a lime.

Gin, st. germain liqueur with a shaker and measuring glass in the background

Step two

Measure 6 ounces of gin.

Gin measured with the bottle, shaker and glasses in the background

Step three

Measure 3 ounces St. Germain or other elderberry liqueur.

St Germain poured out with the bottle and half filled shaker in the background

Step four

Measure 1.5 ounce fresh lime juice.

Lime juice poured out with a lime, shaker and glassware in the background

Step five

Add ice to the old fashioned glass and cap shaker, strain and divide the gimlet between the two glasses.

Add 2 lime twists to each cocktail.

Double old fashioned glass in front filled with French gimlet

Which do you prefer?  On the rocks or straight up?

I think I like it on ice.  But it could be because it is so darned hot here at the moment.

Let’s see the vertical view.

Vertical view of the gimlet in the old fashioned glass in front of the classic martini glass

Look at how refreshing that looks!!  Those sweat beads!!

I hope you enjoyed this French gimlet recipe!!  It’s so delicious!

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Rocks glass filled with the gimlet with lime twists - square

French Gimlet Cocktail

There are only three ingredients in this delicious cocktail. Gin pairs so lovely with elderberry liqueur and the lime makes it so refreshing and tasty!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: French
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: elderberry cocktail, French gimlet, gin gimlet, martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 289kcal


  • 6 ounces gin
  • 3 ounces St. Germain liqueur (or other elderberry liqueur)
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed – approximately from 1.5 limes )


  • 4 wide lime twists


  • Cut 4 wide lime twists from washed lime. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add gin, St. Germain and fresh lime juice to shaker
    6 ounces gin, 3 ounces St. Germain liqueur, 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • Add ice to old fashioned glass and strain the liquid between the two glasses
  • Add 2 lime twists to each cocktail
    4 wide lime twists
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 6mg
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  1. Now this sounds like my kind of drink. The elderberry liquor sounds delicious. I’m going to find it and make these this weekend.

  2. I printed out the recipe and gave to my husband. Now we are enjoying this so refreshing cocktail! DELICIOUS! We love it!

  3. I love Gimlet! This cocktail looks and sounds delicious and has my name written on it. Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Wowzers! With three ounces of gin per drink, that’s a one-only cocktail. Love St. Germain, love Bombay Sapphire and love lime. It’ll be on the rocks for us for sure.

    1. I agree Lizzie! We usually only have one. I was on vacation on Cape Cod this week and that was one of our cocktails. Everyone enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment!

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