Drink: What Would F. Scott Fitzgerald Drink?

The BaileyI wrote an essay inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald last fall for a school assignment. In my essay I took Scott (we were on a first-name basis by the time I finished writing the thing) out for a drink in present-day Baltimore. Scott lived (and drank) in Baltimore in the 1930s. I wanted to imagine what he thought about modern Baltimore and the craft cocktail trend.

Through my research, I found out that gin was Scott’s drink of choice. His patron, Gerald Murphy, would mix a refreshing summer drink he coyly referred to as “Just the juice of a few flowers.” The drink was called the Bailey. Gerald’s (we’re on a first-name basis too) version was light on the grapefruit juice, used fresh mint, and was not sweetened. I adjusted the recipe to my taste (as one should do with any recipe) and used some of my mint syrup to impart flavor and sweetness.

Equipment: shaker, cocktail strainer, rocks glass

 The Bailey
Inspired by Gerald Murphy

1.5 ounces gin
1.5 ounce grapefruit juice
juice of half a lime
2 teaspoons mint syrup

  1. Pour  all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake vigorously
  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a sprig of mint
  4. Enjoy
  5. Repeat (Responsibly)
"Cocktail" Gerald Murphy 1927
Gerald Murphy, Fitzgerald's benefactor, painted this tribute to cocktails. It is on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York


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