The Fitzgerald

Ingredients for the Fitzgerald cocktailI make no attempt to hide my true love for Angostura bitters. A wonderful, proprietary blend of roots and herbal extracts, bitters are the perfect modifier to so many cocktails. They were originally used to mask the taste of quinine in tonic water. Supposedly, they’re also thought to cure a number of ailments, including the hiccups or an upset stomach. Personally though, I just love the taste, the look, and even the smell (they’re a terrific aromatic when used in cocktails such as the Pisco Sour, for example.)

The Fitzgerald, designed by Dale DeGroff, is one of the most straightforward demonstrations of Angostura bitters. This cocktail is essentially just a gin sour with bitters added. While it may sound simple, and while a gin sour on its own is great, something wonderful happens with that last little touch.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

1.5oz gin
1oz simple syrup
3/4oz lemon juice
2 dashes (a few good shakes) of Angostura bitters

The Fitzgerald cocktailCombine all of your ingredients along with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

It’s as simple as that. If you’ve never tried Angostura bitters before, this is where you should start. Also be sure to check out our other cocktails featuring Angostura bitters.

Let me know what you think.


Tags: angostura bitters, cocktail, dale degroff, gin, lemon, simple syrup

4 Responses to “The Fitzgerald”

  1. Ekey Says:

    I love this cocktail. Some might call it blasphemy to change a Degroff cocktail, but if you ad Grapefruit Bitters, too, it turns it into one hell of a summer drink.

  2. Josh Says:

    It’s one of my favorites too. Good call on the Grapefruit bitters! Going to have to give that a try. And I promise I won’t tell Dale :-)

  3. Dave Says:

    I’ve made this twice. Substituted triple sec for simple syrup 2nd time, and the difference wasn’t that noticeable (using Junipero, a pretty assertive gin, which may be why). Could just be a dull palate, though :-). Wish I’d discovered this recipe earlier in the summer.

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