Drinks of the week: Gimlet and Algebra

Two drinks for this week, one for each of my sisters….

For Laura, whose birthday is today, a classic drink to which she introduced me years ago in San Francisco.


1 part Rose’s lime juice
5 parts gin

Fil shaker two-thirds full with ice. Put in lime juice, then gin. Stir or shake well. Strain into cocktail glass.

(Recipe from The Official Harvard Student Agencies Bartending Course. Did I mention that I’m a graduate of the Harvard Bartending School? It’s true.)

The second is for my sister Katy, who is currently starring in Proof at the Butler Little Theatre as a math genius and/or insane person.


Creator: N/A

1 oz. Light Rum
0.5 oz. Triple Sec
2 tsp. Lemon Juice

Glassware: Cocktail Glass

Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Strain drink into a Cocktail glass and serve.

(From Happy Hours: Drink Recipes.)

Both drinks are delightfully citrus-tangy and sweet, and deceptively strong. Enjoy, and make sure you’ve lined up someone to give you a ride home.