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A Simple French Gimlet Recipe for Spring (St Germain Gin Gimlet)


This French Gimlet recipe is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for any spring occasion. Whether you are hosting a party or just looking for a delicious mixed drink to enjoy, this gin gimlet with St Germain elderflower liqueur will not disappoint!

A St. Germain French gimlet cocktail in a martini glass on a table with a bottle of St Germain and gin behind it.
Let’s make this easy French gimlet recipe.

A gin gimlet recipe with a floral twist

This French Gimlet cocktail recipe is a fun variation of a classic drink recipe.

A gimlet is typically made with gin or vodka, a little sweetener and some lime. This version is made with your favorite gin and enhanced with St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

Related: St Germain Wine Spritzer Recipe

The result is a refreshing drink with a fun spring twist that makes it the perfect drink to sip at happy hour, a cocktail party or any time.

This French Gimlet is also incredibly easy to make and is ready in just minutes! If you have a bottle of St Germain on your home bar, you’ll be able to make this St Germain gimlet right now.


Ingredients to make a St. Germain French Gimlet on a table.
What you’ll need to make a St. Germain French gimlet.

You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make this simple gin cocktail recipe. All of these ingredients can be found at your local liquor store or in a well-stocked bar.

The tartness of the lime pairs perfectly with the botanical flavor of the gin, making for a harmonious combination in each sip. And St Germain acts as the sweetener but also adds such a lovely floral note.

See the printable recipe card below for quantities and full recipe.

How to make a French gimlet cocktail

Cocktail shaker next to a liquid measuring cup with lime juice.

Step 1

Add fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker.

This is my favorite citrus squeezer and measuring jigger or you can browse all my favorite bar tools.

A bottle of St. Germain next to a cocktail shaker and a measuring cup.

Step 2

Add St. Germain to your cocktail shaker.

A measuring cup of gin next to a bottle of Hendrix gin and a cocktail shaker.

Step 3

Add your favorite gin to your shaker.

Step 4

Add ice and shake well.

A cocktail shaker straining the French gimlet into a martini glass.

Step 5

Strain the St Germain cocktail into a martini glass and serve immediately.

NOTE: While there is certain glassware that I love, don’t feel like you have to go out and buy something specific in order to make a cocktail. A drink tastes good out of a red plastic cup too.


  • Don’t have St. Germain on hand? No problem, you can substitute it with another type of Elderflower liqueur or even a splash of champagne. Without the St Germain it won’t be a French Gimlet, but it will still be delicious.
  • Don’t like gin? Substitute your favorite vodka instead.


  • Use fresh lime juice for this recipe. It really does make a difference in the overall flavor of the cocktail.
  • If you want it a little bit sweeter you can add a little bit more St Germain or plain simple syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is St. Germain made of?

St. Germain is a French liqueur made from elderflowers that are picked just once a year.

Is St Germain supposed to be refrigerated?

Most liqueurs, because of their high alcohol content, are fine to be stored out of the refrigerator at room temperature for about 6 months. I suggest buying the smaller size bottle so that you have a chance to get it through it before it may have to be replaced.

What’s the difference between Martini and a gimlet?

There really isn’t much difference at all other than a martini is typically made with vermouth and a gimlet is made with lime juice to flavor it. But both can be made with either vodka or gin.

A French gimlet cocktail in a martini glass.

The St. Germain French gimlet recipe is so simple and so classic. It couldn’t be easier to make, which makes it perfect for parties.

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A martini glass filled with a French gimlet cocktail.

St Germain Gimlet Recipe

This French Gimlet cocktail recipe made with gin, elderflower liqueur, and fresh lime juice is a perfect gin cocktails for classic cocktail lovers. It is a simple St Germain cocktail that is full of bold flavor.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 289kcal



  • Add the gin, St Germain and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice then mix well.
  • Strain it into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of fresh lime.


Use your favorite liquor instead of gin if you prefer.
Fresh lime juice gives this cocktail recipe the best flavor! 


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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