Death in the Gulf Stream

Patrick Spears / Supercall

When author Charles H. Baker published his two-volume set, The Gentleman’s Companion, in 1939, he included three recipes from his friend and frequent drinking companion, Ernest Hemingway: Smothered Conch (a buttery, bacony, sherry-drowned dish of conch), A Farewell to Hemingway (a drink consisting of kirsch, cherry syrup and lime juice), and this cocktail. One of Hemingway’s regular “picker-uppers,” the bracingly bitter Death in the Gulf Stream combines juniper-heavy genever with lime, Angostura and an optional dash of simple syrup, which Hemingway, a known sugar detractor, probably declined. As Baker writes, “It is reviving and refreshing; cools the blood and inspires renewed interest in food, companions and life.”

Death in the Gulf Stream




Step one

Fill a highball with cracked or crushed ice and add Angostura.

Step two

Add the juice and zest from the lime as well as the simple syrup, if using, then top with genever.

Step three

Stir and serve.

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