Blueberry Pie Gimlet

Blueberry Pie Gimlet
Blueberry Pie Gimlet

We created another stunningly beautiful cocktail with one of our favorite spirits – Empress 1908 Gin! While based on the classic gimlet, we definitely added some fun and flavorful twists to elevate this cocktail. We know you will love this Blueberry Pie Gimlet!

The Classic Gimlet

A gimlet is a classic cocktail from the prohibition-era. Classically, it was made with just two ingredients which were gin and Rose’s lime cordial. Now a gimlet is generally made with fresh lime juice and simple syrup instead of the lime cordial.

Our Blueberry Pie Gimlet

With the beautiful indigo Empress 1908 gin as the base, and lime juice (otherwise it would be difficult to call it a gimlet), we added something special to enhance the color and really ramp up the flavor profile. We made a tasty blueberry-vanilla simple syrup that is reminiscent of blueberry pie! When combined with the gin and lime, the flavors are absolutely perfect!

Blueberry Pie Simple Syrup

Blueberry Pie Gimlet
Blueberry Pie Gimlet

Although the simple syrup has just four ingredients, it really provides a great flavor profile for the delicious Empress 1908 Gin.

The simple syrup is made by combing water, sugar, blueberries and vanilla extra in a pot and bringing it to a boil. Once boiling, you will reduce to low heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Once the blueberries have broken down, you can strain the syrup into a container to cool before using.

This simple syrup is delicious in a variety of drinks! You can store it in your fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 months and use in your favorite cocktails.

Level up this cocktail further!

We wanted to call this a gimlet, but if you are looking to stray away from the classic even further, we have three suggestions for citrus that are a bit harder to find but definitely worth checking out, especially during the height of citrus season in the winter months.

Try replacing or combining the lime with either meyer lemon, bergamot, or pomelo, using the same ratio, for something even more exotic.

You can also add a delicious homemade sugar rim by infusing gratulated sugar with a vanilla bean or lime zest.


We hope that you enjoy this recipe for a Blueberry Pie Gimlet! If you give this recipe a try, click the heart at the top of this post, leave us a comment and 5-star rating below, or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!

Blueberry Pie Gimlet
Blueberry Pie Gimlet

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Blueberry pie Gimlet

Course: CocktailsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • Blueberry Pie Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 cups 1.5 granulated sugar

  • 1 cup 1 water

  • 1 pint 1 blueberries

  • 1 tsp 1 vanilla extract, or 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped

  • Gimlet
  • 2 oz 2 Empress 1908 Gin

  • 3/4 oz 3/4 lime juice

  • 1 oz 1 Blueberry Pie Simple Syrup

  • Blueberries for garnish


  • Blueberry Pie Simple Syrup
  • To make the blueberry pie simple syrup, add granulated sugar, water, blueberries, and vanilla to a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the blueberries are completely broken down. Strain and allow to cool completely before using. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.
  • Gimlet
  • Add gin, lime juice, and blueberry simple syrup to a glass with ice, stir and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

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