Grapefruit Gin Gimlet

By Dane Feldman
Photo courtesy of Emma.

The vodka gimlet is one of my all time favorite cocktails, especially in the summer, but sometimes I also love to experiment with variations of the drink. This one in particular combines the sweet and simple taste of a gimlet with the bite of a greyhound.

What you’ll need:
2 oz gin
1 oz Rose’s lime juice
2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 lime wedge

Shake the liquids with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wedge and serve.

While this is a simple cocktail to make, the draw for me is far more about the flavor. While I usually prefer both my gimlets and greyhounds with vodka, the citrusy components in this drink can often overpower the light taste of good vodka. Gin, while also light, adds a bit more (summer) flavor with its aromatic features.

Rose’s lime juice is a fair bit sweeter than fresh squeezed lime juice, so if you are looking for something even lighter, opt for the fresh squeezed juice. On the contrary, if you only have access to store-bought grapefruit juice, the cocktail will still taste plenty good enough, but my advice would be to purchase the kind with pulp. It’ll help to add that little something that gets lost without fresh squeezed juice.