How to Make a Gimlet – with a twist

We’re taking it back to the 1930s when the Gimlet was the cocktail of choice among swing dancers, and the Strand Palace Hotel was revelling in an art deco interior.


  1. 50ml Tanqueray Gin
  2. 10ml Lime Cordial
  3. 5ml Sugar
  4. 2 bar spoons Lemon and Lime Marmalade (We recommend Rose’s)
  5. 5 ml Fresh Lime Juice


This is a simple one:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a shaker
  2. Double Strain (the shaker strain plus a sieve) over ice into a retro-style glass
  3. Garnish with a dehydrated line wheel

The ideal drink for those who want to step back in time to the classy days of swing dance.


The original Gimlet cocktail represents the era in which it was most popular. The simple, but classy gin and lime drink paralleled the art deco period of the 1920s and 30s – around the time of the Strand Palace’s reopening in 1928. It was the ideal accompaniment to a night of swing dance and drinking in the local bars.

These days, modern cocktails have tens of ingredients, but sometimes it’s refreshing to go back to the streamlined tastes of old. In a nutshell, that’s what we’ve done with the Retro Gimlet on our menu. This absolute classic began with a large proportion of gin (up to five parts) and the rest sugar and lime (two parts), so we’ve recreated this fresh, sharp taste in the same way. It’s a drink that does exactly what it says on the tin; it has an alcoholic hit that pierces the throat like a gimlet tool.

If you’re searching for a bar resembling this retro cocktail then head down to the Gin Palace at the Strand Palace Hotel.

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