Gin Fitzgerald

So I went to Art for Art’s Sake yesterday and was pleased to discover the official cocktail for the event was a Gin Fitzgerald. I’m not a huge gin drinker–I usually opt for whiskey or vodka when it comes to liquor. But I do think gin is heavily underrated. It’s in classic (i.e. real) martinis. It’s like vodka’s more sophisticated cousin. But for some reason, lots of people seem opposed to it.

Anyway, I hadn’t had a Gin Fitzgerald before. It was described to me by the bartender as “lemonade with gin and bitters.” Being a fan of bitters (and a bigger fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald), I liked the drink, which tasted like a Tom Collins but more balanced. So balanced in fact I asked the friend I was with to try it and confirm it had alcohol in it. She said it “definitely” did, so my inability to detect it may be correlated to the imbibing we did the night/morning before.

Anyway I made sure to look up the recipe when I got home. It’s by King Cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff. Apparently it’s just called a Fitzgerald. (I guess the Gin was there to warn any of the aforementioned people who dislike gin.)

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  • 1.5 oz (42 grams) dry gin
  • 0.75 oz (21 grams) lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz (21 grams) simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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