Fable tells us that the name "Old Tom" Gin, of certain British brands, was so named when an old Tom cat fell into a barrel of the spirits. This tradition is antedated by the fact that years before the tale of the drowned cat went the rounds, Hodge's Distillery in England named their brand of gin for old Tom Chamberlain, a distiller employed by them. His picture in the garb of a sailor appears on the labels pasted on the bottles. Sloe Gin, used in some of our fancy mixed drinks, is named for a small, bitter black wild plum, the oil of which is used to flavor the distilled spirit—^not because there is anything slow about its effects. Sloe gin is fast coming into favor because of its mild strength and the distinctive flavor given it by the sloe berries—tart yet somewhat sweet. Practically all of the gin drinks, the drys. Old Toms, and sloes, belong in the tall glass category . . . tall ones that tinkle when filledwith iceand make hot days coolish and hot nights cooler. Before you try any of the famous New Orleans recipes which have for their basic ingredient good old gin, first let me introduce you to a mixed drink that has won world-wide acclaim—New Orleans own and truly refreshing Ramos Gin Fizz.