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Rhubarb Gimlet

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

This Rhubarb Gimlet cocktail recipe is flavorful and perfect for spring!


Here is a classic cocktail that is super refreshing and only takes five minutes to make! Not only is the gimlet super easy to make, it is the a balance of sweet and tart with the botanicals of gin.


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Pinl rhubarb gimlet in coupe with rhubarb garnish

What is a gimlet?

A gimlet is a classic cocktail made of lime juice, gin and simple syrup. While it became popular in the 1950s, a recipe for a gimlet was included in a 1930s cocktail book, so it goes back at least that far! But most believe it was way before then!

Cocktail being poured into coupe from shaker

Where Does the Gimlet Name Come From?

Some think it comes from a man named Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette, who started serving it to sailors to prevent scurvy. Another idea is that it comes from a tool called the gimlet. A gimlet was used for drilling small holes on navy ships, and it could maybe refer to the drinks’ piercing effect on the sailors.


Whatever the case, the gimlet has made itself one of the great gin cocktails.

Pink Rhubarb Gimlet cocktail being poured into a coupe from a shaker.

Who knew battling scurvy could be so classy?! The pirates, LOL!


How to Make a Gimlet

What does a gimlet taste like? It’s tangy (lime) and sweet (syrup), but balanced (gin). It’s pretty botanical and gin forward, so you want to use a great bottle of gin, we are partial to Hendrick’s, Brockman’s or Barr Hill.


We love a classic gimlet, for its tang and sour, but we wanted to change it up a little bit. This Rhubarb version is even more tangier than the original. We love the sourness of the rhubarb in this, even in a simple syrup, and it gives a great color to this cocktail, too! Make sure to try our Rhubarb Collins, too!

Rhubarb Gimlet Cocktail Recipe being poured into coupe from shaker

What Type of Glass is a Gimlet Served In?

A gimlet cocktail recipe is traditionally served in a coupe or a martini glass. We are not partial to martini glasses in this house. We prefer using coupes. Try our Lilac Gimlet, too!

Pink cocktail in coupe with rhubarb strip garnish

However you drink it, you can use a coupe, martini glass, or even over ice in a rocks glass.

What Ingredients are Needed for the Rhubarb Gimlet?

  • Gin
  • Lime Juice
  • Rhubarb Syrup

Pink cocktail in coupe with rhubarb garnish on pick

Gimlet Variations

Once you’ve mastered this gimlet cocktail recipe, we have a few different variations for you to try! Try them below!

Blueberry Cucumber Gimlet


White Chocolate Martini in a coupe glass with ice ball, lime wheel, limes and bottle in backgroundWhite Chocolate Gimlet

Also, a Bee’s Knees is just a gimlet with honey syrup in place of the simple syrup, and a Daiquiri is just a rum gimlet. This is the simplest explanation for these other classic cocktails! Try this Rhubarb Gimlet and substitute the gin for our Rhubarb Infused Vodka, instead!



Pink cocktail in coupe with rhubarb garnish

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Try some of our other favorite classic cocktails below!


Other Gimlet Recipes

Pinl rhubarb gimlet in coupe with rhubarb garnish
Yield: 1

Rhubarb Gimlet

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This rhubarb gimlet cocktail recipe is a great spring cocktail and is a lovely pink color!



  1. Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a coupe.
  3. Garnish with rhubarb strand or lime wheel if desired.
  4. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: .1gSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 20.8gFiber: .1gSugar: 17.2gProtein: .1g

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