Fresh Green Gimlet

A delightful cross between a mojito and a gimlet, Nigella Lawson s refreshing summer drink is a tongue-tingling winner
By Nigella Lawson
Fresh Green Gimlet
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  • Serves: 1
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 limes, juice only
  • 1 handfuls mint leaves, fresh
  • 50 ml vodka
  • 1 handfuls ice cubes
  • 1 dashes of sparkling water, (or to taste)

Tips and Suggestions

This takes inspiration in part from a mojito, that bar classic of the late nineties - mint, sugar syrup, lime, rum and soda - and in part from a gimlet, that intense and trad mix of vodka and lime cordial. And frankly, this child outstrips either of its parents. When I gave it to a friend to taste after making it for the first time, I had to fight to get the glass back from her.


1. Spoon the sugar into a tumbler, squeeze over the lime juice and stir to dissolve.

2. Add the mint leaves and stab away at them in the tumbler with the end of a rolling pin; this is what's known in the business as 'muddling'.

3. Add the vodka and ice, swill to mix and then top up with the dash of fizzy water.

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