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Gin • Dry
Death in the Gulf Stream

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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.”

The Essentials

Angostura bitters
Bar Spoon
The Details


3 oz Genever
1 tsp simple syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters


  • Fill a highball with cracked or crushed ice and add Angostura.
  • Add the juice and zest from the lime as well as the simple syrup, if using, then top with genever.
  • Stir and serve.
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