Sour Key Lime Vodka Gimlet

I like my drinks sour. Not like sour mix sour, actually sour. Nice and tart. And this really fits the bill. And, while it looks complicated (juice all those lime?! Really?), the results are worth it.

Prep Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
12 mins
1 drink


  • ½ cup ice cubes, or as needed, divided

  • 1 lime, zested in thin strips and quartered

  • 1 raw sugar cube

  • 2 fluid ounces fresh Key lime juice

  • 2 fluid ounces vodka (such as Hangar One®)

  • 1 splash club soda


  1. Fill ice into cocktail glass and place in the freezer.

  2. Place 2 lime wedges and the sugar cube into a cocktail shaker and mash well with a cocktail muddler. Pour in ice, lime juice, and vodka, cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted.

  3. Remove ice from cocktail glass; wipe dry with a paper towel. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass. Strain the contents into the chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lime zest.

Cook's Notes:

You can juice the limes in a juicer or by hand.

Do not use a sweetened lime juice! Your gimlet will go from punchy and tart to sickeningly sweet in no time.

A white sugar cube can be substituted for the raw sugar cube. However, granulated sugar will not work.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

160 Calories
9g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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