Today, on Valentine’s Day, thanks to the efforts of Loren Latker, his wife, Dr. Annie Thiel, and lawyer Alyssa Wayne, the ashes of Raymond Chandler and his wife, Cissy, are to be reunited at the Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego. Much as I would have liked to attend the ceremony and the celebratory dinner afterwards, the distance involved was too great, but I’ll be raising a Gimlet to them here in England. The Gimlet is one of my favourite cocktails, and after much experimentation, the following recipe seems to work out well:
Four parts gin (Chandler favoured Gordons),
One part Rose’s lime cordial,
Shaken over ice.
Served on the rocks, or ‘up’, depending on personal preference.