Got some high proof gin? Make the Three to One Cocktail:

  • 1.50 ounces 100-proof gin
  • 0.75 ounce Marie Brizard Apry
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge

I’m a firm believer in the concept of karma and of serendipity. So when my friends gave me spirits as birthday presents, I have not been surprised to see how easily they fit into my cocktail menu.

When my friends Richard and Barry gave me a bottle of Navy-strength gin, I knew it would work well in this cocktail. At 114 proof it is even stronger than called for, and the discussion with Andrea went something like this:

Me: I think the Doctor was right. Using a high proof gin really does balance out and tame the sweetness of the apricot liquor.

Andrea: Why on earth would anyone want to do that?

So, I made hers with a lower proof gin and she liked this drink as well.

I found this recipe to be dead on as written. The lime and apricot brandy do, indeed, take the edge off the gin but no ingredient really overpowers the other. It has a unique taste that you really wouldn’t deduce from the ingredients.

Oh, the name comes from odds, as in betting. How that relates to gin, apricot and lime beats me.

Rating: 5/5. Okay, I was originally considering giving this a strong 4, but as I sit here writing this I’m sorely tempted to go make another. Since that is the criteria for a 5, a 5 it shall have.

Notes: I used Marie Brizard Apry as directed, but for the gin I went with my gift: Navy-strength Conniption Gin. It is excellent, and it is made less than an hour from my house (in Durham, North Carolina). It isn’t too juniper forward, but it does have such a nice mix of the botanicals that you really don’t notice the proof. I am grateful to my friends for finding this and giving me a bottle. For Andrea’s drink I used 94 proof Broker’s.

Three to One Cocktail