I love to read: novels, plays, short stories, fiction, non-fiction. Books played a big role in my life as I grew up. It started before I could read, my dad would read 3 books to each of us kids at bedtime. We visited my grandparents often and each month Grammy would buy my sister and me a book. My sister and I loved the summer book mobile, and I remember some summer reading program we did where we would choose to receive 2-3 books in the mail (they were sent in a bag that zipped, I remember) then send them back after we read them, and they sent the next books on the list.
In high school we had to choose an author to research and write about. Without hesitation, I chose Ernest Hemingway. He lived such a full, rich life and wrote about it in books and short stories. He was such an interesting individual. My favorite short story by him is The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber. If you haven’t read it you should. It’s a great short story. You can find the entire text (23 pgs) here.
Many of you are probably wondering why I’m off on a tangent; after all, this post is about a drink, not one of my favorite short stories. Chalk it up to medication saturating my brain, but stay with me, I do have a point. Ernest Hemingway is responsible for this cocktail. Mr.Surly came across this cocktail while browsing through a bar book we have. Mr.Surly discovered Hemingway concocted this cocktail, his hangover remedy. Hemingway’s description of this cocktail is, “ it’s tart and bitter—reviving and refreshing.” I couldn’t describe it better myself.
Hemingway preferred “intensely pungent Holland gin” but I used Gordon’s Dry London gin, which according to the book, is “equally suitable.”
I found it a little bit too tart and added more sugar. I made another one with 1 oz lime juice instead of 1 ½ oz and ½ tsp sugar. Perfect.
This is a drink for sitting outside on the patio, under an umbrella, enjoying sunny, warm weather.
Death in the Gulf Stream Cocktail
2 oz gin
1 ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Pinch (~ ½ tsp) superfine sugar (I just used regular sugar)
3-4 splashes Angostura bitters
Lime peel spiral for garnish
Pour gin and lime juice in ice-filled highball glass. Add the sugar and bitters; stir to combine. Twist the lime peel into a spiral over the drink, then drop it in.
Need more cocktails that use bitters? Try these:
Source:Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide by Mittie Hellmich