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Death in the Gulf Stream

Fill a tall, thin highball glass with crushed ice and add the bitters.  Squeeze the lime into the glass and add both hulls.  Fill with gin.

Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Category Sour
Tags 1933-1969 (Tiki to Martinis), Obscure
Proof 61
Strength 3.1 standard drinks
Glass Highball Glass
Temp Cold

Ernest Hemingway came up with this spirited sour in 1937.  It was the depths of the Great Recession and Hemingway needed something to get him through it.  

Holland gin is prescribed in the original recipe but I can see London Dry doing just fine.  If you think it is too tart, read what Hemingway had to say about sweetening it:

Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. 

Lace this broken debris with 4 good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of 1 green lime, and fill glass almost full with Holland gin… 

No sugar, no fancying. It’s strong, it’s bitter—but so is English ale strong and bitter, in many cases. 

We don’t add sugar to ale, and we don’t need sugar in a “Death in the Gulf Stream”—or at least not more than 1 tsp. Its tartness and its bitterness are its chief charm.

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