The Strait Jacket Cocktail Recipe: A Bitter Citrus Gin Cocktail

strait jacket cocktail recipe
The Strait Jacket Cocktail Recipe: A Bitter Citrus Gin Cocktail
A simple and tasty drink.

In Ted Haigh’s excellent Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, he details the Straits Sling, the forerunner of the Singapore Sling, which I talked about in my Introduction to Tiki Drinks article right here on Primer (‘The Straits’ is a former name for Singapore, and some locals still use it). The Straits Sling is a simpler, dryer version of that classic, and worth making in its own right.

Haigh also mentions, however, that the drink can be served “up” without the soda, making a delicious cocktail he’s dubbed the Strait Jacket. I wanted to give that a shot, because in general I prefer up drinks to long drinks.

I used to advocate using bottled lemon or lime juice in cocktails, and I still think that in a pinch it’s perfectly acceptable, but if you want your drinks to really shine, fresh juice is essential. I keep a couple lemons and limes in the fridge at all times, and I have a nice citrus squeezer that makes things pretty quick and painless. It’s a little more cleanup, but it’s worth it!

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

strait jacket cocktail recipe

The Strait Jacket Cocktail Recipe

A dry citrus gin cocktail
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Drink




  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.
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Christopher Buecheler

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website,