I love a basic cocktail with gin and lime, but it’s blood orange season and I thought I’d mix it up a bit. I recently made a Blood Orange and Lime Simple Syrup that is the perfect catalyst for a cocktail metamorphosis. We all need a little change this time of year, right? And a little blast of color couldn’t hurt.
If I had to guess when the gin fizz originated, I would have thought the early 20th century: prohibition, flappers, Miss Hannigan, etc. But thanks to an intriguing article about the Texas Gin Fizz by David Wondrich (Imbibe Magazine) I learned that the gin fizz has much earlier origins. He traces the first printed recipe to 1876 when it appeared in the appendix of Jerry Thomas’ bartender’s guide. In the 1880s there were golden fizzes, silver fizzes, royal fizzes, and others, including the Ramos Gin Fizz. Wondrich continues discussing the evolution of the cocktail, concluding with the Texas Fizz. It’s an interesting read for those who like a little a little history with their cocktails.
Blood Orange and Lime Gin Fizz
2 oz gin
1 oz blood orange and lime simple syrup
Juice of half a lime
- Pour gin, simple syrup, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, and shake for at least 15 seconds.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice.
- Top off with carbonated water.
This cocktail is tart, which is just the way I like ’em. Add more simple syrup if you like more sweetness. Cheers!