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When the delightful Danielle asked me to cover her “A Drink A Day” column this morning, my thoughts turned immediately to gin. This is not because I’m an avid gin drinker. I like the stuff, but as anyone who has spent time in a bar with me can attest, I’m a whiskey man. I turn to gin because I remember that Danielle is not a fan, and I’ve long felt that the most flavorful of clear liquors is criminally underrepresented in this column.


  • 2 oz gin (I prefer Hendrick’s)
  • 1/2 oz lime juice

Mix and serve in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with lime. Simple, right? Sometimes the best cocktails are. Originally I thought I’d write up a classic martini, but decided against it because a) I’ve had martini discussions devolve into bitter feuds and b) it’s going to be a gloriously warm weekend, and it doesn’t seem right to consume a martini outside. One should celebrate warm weather appropriately, and a gimlet feels right. Also, I thought it best to recommend a cocktail that could conceivably be consumed by the staff of Sterling Cooper.

Enjoy the warm weekend! And don’t worry – Danielle will be back with a vengeance on Monday.