Just three ingredients join together to make this exquisite take on a classic cocktail. A French Gimlet has a refined floral flavor profile which is sweet, bright, and floral. This sophisticated elderflower gin cocktail is actually very simple to prepare. This post contains affiliate links, which means we make a small commission if you shop through them. 

A coupe glass filled with a French Gimlet cocktail garnished with a lime wheel. A blurred bottle of St Germain in the background.

Like a Martini, a Gimlet is a classic yet simple cocktail perfect for celebrations. The French gimlet has the lovely addition St Germain elderflower liqueur, which imparts beautiful floral notes. 

This cocktail recipe is the perfect balance of bright and refreshing lime, herbal gin, and floral elderflower liqueur. Here are all the tips you need to make it. 

An overhead image a gimlet garnished with a lime wheel.

What’s in a Gimlet? 

A Gimlet cocktail is a classic cocktail made with two primary ingredients: gin and lime juice. It’s known for its simple yet refreshing taste.

Traditionally, it was made using only gin and lime juice, but modern variations usually include a touch of simple syrup to balance the tartness of the lime.

The cocktail is typically served very cold in a chilled glass and can be garnished with a lime wheel or twist. It’s a popular choice for those who appreciate a crisp and tangy flavor profile in their drinks. 

For those who don’t enjoy the herbal and often earthy undertones of gin, vodka can be substituted for a cleaner taste. 

A elderflower gin French Gimlet cocktail garnished with lime. Gin and St-Germain bottles in the background.

What is a French Gimlet? 

A French Gimlet is a variation of the classic Gimlet cocktail. In this refined twist, the French Gimlet introduces St-Germain elderflower liqueur for an added layer of complexity and elegance.

Gin has a wonderfully herbal and often earthy undertone which lends itself to many interesting cocktail combinations. A classic Gin Gimlet contains gin with some kind of sweetener like simple syrup or sugar plus freshly squeezed lime juice.

Using St-Germain as the sweetener turns this classic into the rather sophisticated-sounding French Gimlet which is a beautiful floral cocktail that’s perfectly balanced.

The components of a French Gimlet include:

  1. Gin: The foundational spirit of the cocktail, gin contributes its characteristic botanical notes, lending depth and character to the drink.
  2. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur: The distinguishing feature of the French Gimlet, St-Germain imparts a floral and subtly sweet essence that beautifully complements the gin and lime.
  3. Lime Juice: Providing the essential zing, lime juice brings a tangy and citrusy dimension that harmonizes the flavors of the gin and elderflower liqueur.

The ingredients for a French Gimlet on a marble countertop. A bottle of St-Germain elderflower liqueur in the middle, Roku Gin to the right, a small bowl of limes, and three French Gimlets in the back left.

What is St‑Germain Liquer? 

St-Germain is a French liqueur made from fresh elderflowers. It has a very natural and delicate flavor with floral top notes and mid-notes of pear, citrus, and aromatic elderberries. It is an incredibly versatile liqueur and has a deserving place on every bar cart.

What Type of Gin to Use 

We used Roku gin here. This is a pure craft gin made with tea and whole cherry blossoms. Hendrick’s gin, which is Scottish, is a reliable choice and should be easy to find. If you’d like to keep this recipe French, you could look for a French gin. 

How to Make a French Gimlet

A French gimlet is poured from a gold cocktail shaker into a coupe glass.

To make a French Gimlet, all you need is a cocktail shaker, ice, and the elderflower gin cocktail ingredients. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a glass canning jar for shaking this cocktail together. 

Simply shake the ice, gin, lime juice, and St Germain liqueur together until cold. Strain into a glass, garnish, and enjoy! 

An overhead photo of three French gimlet cocktails garnished with lime. A bottle of St-Germain elderflower liqueur sits off to the side.     

What Glassware to Use for a French Gimlet

We recommend keeping with traditional glassware for optimal enjoyment of this recipe. A coupe glass, as we used here, is recommended. A coupe is an elegant glass that works for Champagne, martinis, and cocktails. Martini glasses are also often used for gimlets. 

What to Serve with French Gimlets 

French gimlets are perfect for enjoying a happy hour or before dinner with friends. We recommend a light appetizer such as a vegetable crudités platter, or oysters with mignonette, or if you want to go all-in on the French theme, try making escargots

Yield: 1 cocktail

French Gimlet

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Shake up a classic French gimlet! This lovely St Germain elderflower gin cocktail recipe is bright and fresh with beautiful floral notes. It's an easy yet elegant cocktail recipe perfect for parties.

Three French gimlets with lime on a stone counter with a bottle of St. Germain in the background.


  • ice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce St-Germain (Elderflower liqueur)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • lime wheel, for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the gin, St-Germain, and lime juice. St Germain elderflower liqueur is poured into a glass cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels very cold.
  4. Strain into a glass and add lime garnish. Enjoy! A french gimlet cocktail with lime.


We have used the rule of halves to develop this cocktail recipe - half the amount of St-Germain to gin and half the amount of lime to St-Germain. However, you can play around with the ratios of this cocktail to suit your own particular taste.

If you don't enjoy the taste of gin, use vodka instead.

Storage: This cocktail is best enjoyed right after it is made so it is nice and cold.  

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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