Recipe: How to Make a Classic Fitzgerald


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Today’s call comes by way of Conor McCormack, winemaker at Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn; 347-763-1506)

What’s your favorite drink to order when you go out?

The fitzgerald.

What is it about this drink that you like so much?

It’s refreshing and complex at the same time. It has great flavors with a light attitude.

Has it always been your favorite? How long did it take you to find it? What was that process like?

This is a new one for me, as I only discovered it earlier this year. It was made for me by a friend in San Francisco who is really into cocktails, and now it tops my list.

Could you name a few places around town that make your favorite drink?

My two favorite spots for cocktails are Dram and Maison Premiere.

What’s the recipe, for those who want to make it at home?

As with all great cocktails, there can be slight variations depending on who is making it.

1 to 2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin (because it’s delicious)
Lemon wedge — squeeze out juice and leave wedge in glass.
Dash simple syrup
Block ice
3 to 5 dashes Angostura bitters
Splash tonic water (This is the variation, as it doesn’t call for tonic traditionally. I like the extra bitterness and lift from the bubbles.)
Mix well and enjoy!