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Drinking Lessons: The Simple Stuff

It might seem pretty easy to make a two-ingredient drink, but Luna once failed at martinis badly enough to turn his beverage red. In order to clarify things, the team explores the virtues of a drink so simple, even a fool can get it right: the gin gimlet. It turns out to be a Drinking Lessons favorite, the next best thing to a gin and tonic, and its history leads back to curing scurvy and working with hand tools. Unexpected!

We also learned that our favorite gins come from a couple of distillers local to the Spirit Guides; CH Distillery in Chicago has an unbelievably good key lime gin, and Pinckney Bend, a small-batch distillery in New Haven, MO, has all sorts of goodies that you probably need in your bar.

Luna also referenced a great list of two-ingredient cocktails on Wise Bread. Click here to check it out!

Gin Gimlet Recipe

  • 2 oz gin
  • ¾ oz lime juice + ¾ simple syrup (or 1.5 oz sweetened lime juice)

Mix with ice, and drink on a deck in the sunshine!