Adapted from the 1939 classic cocktail book The Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker, the original cocktail nods to the drink’s Navy roots, suggesting that the excess bitters “go back in the bottle, on the floor or out the porthole or window, depending upon who, where and what we are.”
- 2 ounces London dry or old tom gin
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- Garnish: lime twist
Dash the bitters into a chilled coupe glass. Gently tip the glass and rotate it to coat the inside of the glass. Pour out the excess bitters.
Stir the gin in a mixing glass with ice, then strain into the prepared glass.
Garnish with a lime twist.