The Vodka Gimlet seems pretty straight-forward as cocktails go, but there's actually some small nuances that can change the entire taste. So take it from me, there's a not-so-perfect way to make it, and a PERFECT way to make it. Here's MY way:
Pop Quiz, Hot Shot: When someone orders (or asks you for) a Vodka Gimlet, what's your first question to ask?
Answer: "Up or on the rocks?"
Some people like it "up," which means shaken and strained into a martini glass. Some people like it over ice (or "on the rocks"). Either is fine, but it's always good to ask.
Once you get past this key question, you've got the same Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Lime Juice (fresh is best)*
1 oz. Simple Syrup (see my recipe here)*
Lime slice for garnish
*The combined ingredients of lime juice and simple syrup can be substituted with Rose's Lime Juice
For "on the rocks":
Grab a rocks glass, fill with ice.
Add vodka and lime juice.
Mix with stirrer.
Garnish with lime squeeze.
For "up":Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add the vodka, lime and simple syrup.
Shake rapidly for about 20 seconds.
Strain into rocks glass filled with ice.
Add lime squeeze.
And there you have it. Pretty simple, right? Now go enjoy that fresh limey flavor!