There are vodka gimlets, but the best gimlets ever are made from fantastic herbally gins. There are a lot of gimlet recipes out there. Experiment!
Basic Gimlet taken from Food Network
2 oz. high quality gin like Hendrick's, Aviation, Botanist
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
Combine in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe or into a rocks glass filled with ice. However you like it.
This gimlet is by far my favorite. It replaces the simple syrup with the beauty that is St. Germain and lowers the amount of lime, so the St. Germain really shines through. So. Very. Good.
2 oz. high quality gin
1 oz. St. Germain
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Put the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe. Sip and love yourself for doing so.
Harry Potter and the Gimlet of Fire from the book Gone with the Gin
We featured this drink in our Happy Birthday, Harry Potter video. We discovered we aren't very good at waving burning cinnamon sticks around, but it was fun nonetheless.
2 oz. gin
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 cinnamon stick that you will light on fire and use like incense
Combine with ice in a shaker and strain into a chilled glass. Light the cinnamon stick and then blow it out immediately. It should be smoking like incense. Wave it over the glass very close to the liquor. We actually blew on ours to force the smoke to touch the drink. It was actually pretty darn good.
Federle, Tim. Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist. Philadelphia, Running Press, 2015.