Now that 80 degrees is a regular occurrence here in Michigan for the summer, the back deck has become our regular evening place to hang out. We listen to Tiger baseball (even when they are awful!), catch up on the day’s events, and enjoy reading and sipping a delicious cocktail! One of Chris’s favorite summer books to reread is The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was a connoisseur of gin, and this cocktail is named for him.
If you enjoyed the Buster Brown cocktail, this one is essentially the same idea, but made with gin. To make this work best, you need to have VERY chilled glasses. I like to use oversized martini glasses, and put them in the freezer ahead of time to add a nice frosty touch.
1.5 oz gin – bombay sapphire works nicely
.5 oz lemon juice – you can kick this up to 1 oz if you like a fruitier taste
.5 oz simple syrup – this can be increased to 1 oz if you like a bit more sweetness
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.