Tender is the Fitzgerald

16Apr10

The Fitzgerald, purportedly named for author F. Scott, is a simple, thoroughly delicious cocktail that doesn’t require much work or any expensive ingredients.

The Fitzgerald

  • 1.5 oz. Gin
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients and serve.

The Fitzgerald is a close cousin to the both the Gimlet (lemon instead of lime) and the Lemon Drop (gin instead of vodka) and is technically a Gin Sour. But this drink is far too sweet to be called a sour.

A few tips about making Fitzgeralds
If you like gin for its botanical quality, you will want to make this with Hendricks or Corsair, both of which have a strong herbal, citrus flavor. If you are looking for a smoother drink, you will want to use a gin like Plymouth or Tanqueray that will bring the taste of the bitters forward.

Always use fresh squeezed lemon juice for this libation (and any cocktail requiring it). You won’t regret it!

Don’t be afraid of the bitters in this drink. Angostura bitters, and all bitters, are actually aromatic, not bitter. This drink is a good base for experimenting with bitters, if you can find (or make) different varieties. But if the idea of bitters scares you, you can definitely drink the Fitzgerald without them. It’s still delicious, if a bit less complex.

This drink is supposed to be served in an old fashioned glass with a lemon peel garnish, but it’s awfully nice to drink from a champagne saucer…

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