French Gimlet

A sophisticated twist on the classic gimlet, this French Gimlet cocktail features St. Germain elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a wonderful shot of gin.

French Gimlet

The first time Erik tried elderflower liqueur, he half expected the magical-sounding beverage to be served by hobbits (who would also magically appear when the bottle was opened).

Let’s just say I didn’t have such expectations when working on this French Gimlet recipe. 😉

The thing about the main ingredient for a French Gimlet is that its looks, smells, and tastes like a bit of a fantasy: it’s floral, light, and has a pleasantly bright taste.

I hope you enjoy exploring St. Germain with me in making today’s French Gimlet! Let’s go!


A French Gimlet is made with 3 simple ingredients and a garnish. These ingredients are:

  1. Gin
  2. Elderflower Liqueur – St. Germain
  3. Lime Juice

Garnish: Lime wedge or lime peel

Bottle of St Germain, a key ingredient in making this cocktail

What is a French Gimlet?

A French Gimlet is a twist on the classic Gimlet. A gimlet is made with gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, while a French Gimlet is made with gin, St. Germain, and lime juice.

St. Germain Gimlet

Because St. Germain is a liqueur made in France, the addition of this French liqueur in a Gimlet makes it a French Gimlet.

Photo showing how to make a French gimlet – beginning to pour the cocktail

How to Make a French Gimlet

Follow these quick and easy steps to learn how to make a French Gimlet.

Then, make sure to check out the recipe card further down in the post for the precise ingredients and instructions!

First, add all French Gimlet ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice: gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

Second, cover the cocktail shaker and shake until thoroughly chilled and well-mixed.

Strain into a cocktail glass. Lastly, garnish with a lime wedge or lime peel. Then, sip and enjoy the best St. Germain Gimlet.

showing how to make a French Gimlet – last pour of the cocktail

Difference between a Gimlet and a Gin Rickey

Now that you know what a Gimlet and a French Gimlet are, you might still be wondering… what is the difference between a gimlet and a Gin Rickey?

The difference is in the bubbles. A Gin Rickey is a Gimlet made with carbonated water.

This cocktail recipe served in a chilled coupe glass

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Sip Back and Relax

We could all use a little more relaxation, right? 🙂 I hope you love this cocktail recipe! If you make it, take a pic and share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me at @beamingbaker and #beamingbaker.

Or, leave a comment and let me know how you liked it! I truly, truly love hearing from you. ‘Til our next sippable adventure…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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A sophisticated twist on the classic gimlet, this French Gimlet cocktail features St. Germain elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a shot of gin.




Tools Needed

  • Coupe glasses
  • Bartender Kit
  • Measuring Jigger

French Gimlet Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1.5 oz elderflower liqueur (St. Germain)
  • 0.5 oz lime juice


  • Lime wedge or peel



  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice: gin, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice. Shake until very chilled and well mixed.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime peel or wedge. Sip and enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minute
  • Category: Drinks, Cocktails
  • Method: Chill

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