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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States


Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indiana that specializes in producing extraordinary spirits from local ingredients.  

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Cardinal's bar manager Logan Hunter shows us how to make a proper gimlet.
It's a tart and refreshing favorite.

With just three ingredients total in this classic gin cocktail, you must use great gin. There's nowhere for crappy gin to hide in a Gimlet. 

Our Standard Dry Gin is a great gin with a fragrant juniper profile — it's a natural beauty that can be dressed minimally with lime juice and simple syrup and be a knockout. 

"This is my favorite cocktail," says Jeff Wuslich, co-founder of Cardinal Spirits. Pause. "But ... I don't want the other cocktails to feel bad."

We'll never tell.



Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
.75 ounce fresh lime juice
.5 ounce simple syrup
Lime peel

  1. Add gin, lime juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. 
  2. Strain into a coupe glass. Squeeze a lime peel over the cocktail, then twist the peel and use it as garnish. 



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