Maple gimlet

Classic cocktail gets a flavour upgrade!

The gimlet is a classic gin-based cocktail that has never really gone out of style. Many traditional gimlet recipes call for lime cordial while others favour freshly squeezed lime juice and sugar, or a combination of lime juice and simple syrup. I chose to make my own lime cordial, replacing the sugar with maple syrup to give this drink a Canadian twist, as well as a wonderfully balanced sweet and sour taste. This flavourful reinvention of the gimlet was inspired by the powerful botanical notes in Ungava,  a relatively new Canadian gin. While juniper is present, as with all gins, the other flavouring elements – including cloudberry, rose hips and Labrador tea – give Ungava an intriguing citrusy aspect that makes it ideal for many cocktails, including my other new favourite drink – the Spring Fling. Either of these concoctions would be ideal as a signature cocktail for your next gathering.

This gimlet is composed of fresh lime juice and maple syrup combined with premium gin.


For the cordial:

  • 6 limes
  • 3/4 cup (185 mL) maple syrup

For the cocktail:

  • 2 ounces (56 grams) premium gin
  • 1.5 ounces (42 grams) maple-lime cordial


For the cordial:

  • Heat the limes gently in the microwave on medium-low for 30 seconds or in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes.
  • Zest the limes with a vegetable peeler, taking care to leave the white pith on the fruit. Reserve zest.
  • Juice the limes, reserving juice. You need 1 cup (250 mL) of juice.
  • Put the maple syrup, half the lime juice and half the lime zest into a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Put the remaining lime juice and zest into a glass jar and pour the maple mixture over top.
  • Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • Strain the mixture through a sieve and store in fridge until needed. The cordial will keep for 2 weeks.

For the cocktail:

  • In a cocktail shaker (or a jar with a tight lid), combine the gin and maple lime cordial. Shake well to blend.
  • Pour the mixture over ice in a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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