Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Gin Fizz

1/2 table-spoon sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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3 to 4 dash lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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juice
1/2 large bar glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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shaved
1 wine-glass Old Tom Gin

Ingredient: Old Tom Gin

What it is:  Gin

A lightly sweetened Gin popular in 18th-century England that now is rarely available.

Substitution:  gin (London Dry)

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(Use a large bar glass.)

Stir up well with a spoon, strain it into a large sized bar glass, fill up the balance with Vichy or Selters water, mix well and serve.

Bear in mind that all drinks called Fizz's, must be drank as soon as handed out, or the natural taste of the same is lost to the customer.