In Make Mine a Martini, author Kay Plunkett-Hogge presents this cocktail as a bit of a mystery. She does loves this drink and she’s tried to discover its origins, but she is just not sure. Fine and Dandy was a 1930’s show written by Kay Swift, the first woman to score a full Broadway musical and the paramour of George Gershwin. So, perhaps that is where this drink came from. Perhaps.

Instead of stressing over the origins, don’t stress at all. Just juice a lemon or two and shoot to achieve the great yellow color you see in the book’s photo. It’s a simple drink to assemble, but presents a combination of flavors you may not have enjoyed before. Kay says this cocktail is fresh and sophisticated. Take a try and see just how fresh and how sophisticated. Maybe you can hum a little tune.

The Fine & Dandy

Yield: serves 6


  • ¾ fluid ounces fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ fluid ounces Cointreau
  • 1 ¼ fluid ounces gin
  • Dash of Angostura bitters


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake until icy cold and strain into a Martini glass.

Source: Make Mine a Martini by Kay Plunkett-Hogge [I5 Press, 2015]