Sparkling Yuzu Gimlets

Top Chef winner Mei Lin makes her Asian-style gimlet in a large pitcher for easy entertaining. Slideshow: More Vodka Cocktail Recipes 

Sparkling Yuzu Gimlets
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
15 mins
8 drinks


  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • 2 cups lightly packed mint leaves, plus small sprigs for garnish

  • 1 1/2 cups lightly packed basil leaves, plus small sprigs for garnish

  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber, plus 8 spears for garnish

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons yuzu juice

  • 2 cups chilled vodka

  • 2 1/4 cups chilled sparkling water

  • Ice


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar with the hot water until dissolved. In a pitcher, muddle the mint and basil leaves with the sliced cucumber and the sugar syrup. Stir in the yuzu juice, vodka and sparkling water. Serve in ice-filled collins glasses garnished with small sprigs of mint and basil and a cucumber spear.

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