By Elaine Benoit | Delish
YIELD 2 Cocktails
TIME About 5 minutes
When sweet and sour is made with freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup, it just tastes better than bottled. Maybe it’s the lack of preservatives. In any case, once you substitute bottled lime juice with freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup, you will never go back.
6 ounces vodka
2 ounces lime juice freshly squeezed
1 ounce simple syrup
4 lime wheels thinly sliced
Fill cocktail shaker ½ way with ice and add vodka, lime juice and simple syrup
Cap shaker and shake for 30 seconds then strain into glasses
Float lime wheels
Notes: If it isn’t sweet enough for you, add ½ ounce of simple syrup. But try these amounts first!
Also: You can serve this cocktail on the rocks or straight up like it is in this recipe. Your choice.
Stick the glasses you are going to use in the freezer at least 10 minutes before you make the gimlet as it makes the drink stay colder longer.
Keep your vodka in the freezer too, for the reason stated above. Don’t worry. It won’t freeze
Use the best vodka you can afford because as with a martini, the gimlet is mostly vodka and you will be able to taste the difference.
Always use fresh lime juice