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Drink of the Week: the Gin Rickey

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com

Literature lovers probably know about Ernest Hemingway’s fondness for mojitos — but he hasn’t been the only author who’s enjoyed a good tipple or two.

Cocktails for Book Lovers,” a newly published book by Tessa Smith McGovern, is a collection of 50 original and classic cocktail recipes based on works of famous authors such as Virginia Woolf, Junot Diaz and Jane Austen, and popular drinks of their eras, from mulled wine to mint juleps. The book devotes a page of biographical facts about each author; the opposing page is all about the cocktail they’ve either inspired or were known for drinking.

The gin rickey was actually featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” In it, Daisy and Gatsby take “long, greedy swallows” of their gin-and-lime concoctions.

Gin Rickey

1 1/2 oz. gin

Juice of half a lime

Carbonated water

Lime wheels, quartered

Pour lime juice and gin into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Fill with carbonated water and stir. Add the lime. Serves one.