1 dash Dubonnet Rouge (1/2 oz)
1 dash Fernet Branca (1/4 oz)
1 dash Curaçao (1/4 oz)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Since we had an open bottle of Dubonnet in the house, it was time to try another drink I had on my list, namely the Don't Give Up the Ship. I had tasted a Dubonnet-free variation made for me by John Gertsen at Drink; however, I felt that the Dubonnet would soften the gin and Fernet Branca and it was worth revisiting. The earliest recipe I was able to find was in my 1945 reprint of the 1941 Crosby Gaige's Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion, and I also spotted it in our 1948 reprint of the 1947 Trader Vic. For an interpretation of what the three dash measurements equate to, I used the recipe on CocktailDB; for the garnish, I went with the lemon twist that appears in Gaige but not in either Vic or CocktailDB. The drink name refers to the dying command of James Lawrence, the captain of the USS Chesapeake, during the War of 1812. Lawrence sailed his ship into Boston Harbor to attack a British vessel; while he was outgunned and lost the confrontation, his words became a battle cry for the American fleet.