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Chapter 1

Thoughts from a Gin Mill

Gin’s a spirit unto herself.  She’s a loner.  Gin can gnaw on the back of your neck till she nigh-on draws blood, and she can just as easily kiss you softly behind each ear, stroke the back of your shivering hand, and make you know that everything’s going to be okay.  And it will, you know.  It really will.


Gin can be sort of sneaky, too.  Many a Ramos Gin Fizz has been served to a supposed gin hater, for instance, and the glass has been refilled more than twice before they discovered what was being poured.  And who the hell would have thought that gin would walk out quite so well with chocolate?  But if you’ve ever had a Twentieth Century Cocktail—gin, creme de cacao, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice—you know for your own self that these two make quite a lovely couple, especially when Lillet and lemon juice tag along as chaperones.


Gin is for thinkers and doers alike, but she won’t be seen dead with the loud, brash braggart down the end of the bar.  Gin likes a little foreplay before she commits to going all the way.  Tease gin with elderflower cordial, for instance, and she’ll flirt for a while before she takes her blouse off.  There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the blouse is coming off, but Gin takes her own good time.


Gin makes her own statement, too.  She doesn’t need a sleek black dress and screw-me pumps to make her presence known at the party.  She can just sit quietly at the end of the bar, faded jeans and a plain white T-shirt, secure in the knowledge that only the guys and gals who know exactly what they want, how they want it, and how they’re gonna go about getting it, will ever approach her.  And when they sidle over to her side, they know that they’d better treat her with some respect, too.  Don’t mess around with gin.  She’s been known to take off her earrings . . .


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gaz regan—the bartender formerly known as Gary Regan—is the cocktail columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of The Joy of Mixology. He also wrote The Bartender’s Bible, and co-authored, with Mardee Haidin Regan, The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys, The Bourbon Companion, The Martini Companion, and New Classic Cocktails.


gaz and Mardee host the web site, publish the ardent spirits email newsletter (since 1999), and manage the Worldwide Bartender Database. gaz started working behind the bar in 1966 when he was 14 years old, has tended bar on and off ever since, and he has sucked back more gin than you’d ever dream possible. Even more than Dave Wondrich.

“Reading this highly informative and raffishly charming book is almost as fun as sharing a drink—and make mine a Doc Daneeka Royale, or maybe an 1820, or a Leo Di Janeiro, or, hell, you choose—with the highly informative and raffishly charming Mr. Regan himself (but please don’t tell him I said so; it’ll only encourage him).”

—David Wondrich
Author of Imbibe,
and numerous other fine works of cocktailian splendour.