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Gin Fizz, Tom Collins & Gay Burlesque?

silver fizz

I am still trying out classic gin cocktails.

Today it is the Gin Fizz, and its many hybrids. The Gin Fizz is the best-known cocktail in the full Fizz family. It contains gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. It is served in a 6-8 oz highball glass with precisely two ice cubes. That’s right, 2 ice cubes! More ice cubes means we are talking about one of the Gin Fizz offshoots of which I will try and discuss several.

Now the ingredients in a Gin Fizz may bring to mind a Tom Collins. Which is a type of sparkling lemonade made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. The confusion is understandable, because the ingredient list is exactly the same. The only difference between the two drinks I can find is proportion and process.

But, if you want to get technical, the original Tom Collins was strictly made with “Old Tom Gin”. Which is a sweetened variety of gin. It is properly served in a tapered 10-14 oz glass, with plenty of ice.

Summertime Gin and Tonic

gin and tonic summer cocktail

Gin is the most subtle and sophisticated of all the spirits. It is also under-appreciated, or down right loathed by way too many people.

But as America begins to expand its palate, gin is making a comeback. Because more and more people like you and me are broadening our perspectives. Loving great food is often the first step.

Because as you train your palate to appreciate subtlety in foods, it only makes sense that what you have learned will show itself in other areas and with other tastes.