Gin Fizz: a Cocktail Fad

                                                          Although its origins can be traced back as early as the late 1890s, the gin fizz was one of the fad cocktails of the Roaring Twenties. There were, and still are, many variations, of course, but the standard recipe includes gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. It is served in a highball glass (a straight sided tumbler) with ice.

        A number of bartending recipe books were published in the Roaring Twenties, but not in the United States where Prohibition precluded the production of books about consuming an illegal product. All the books I’ve seen from this decade were published abroad, usually in London or Paris (in English). Like the one above. No doubt some copies made their way to the States, but enterprising bartenders spread the latest recipes by word of mouth.  

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 9:09 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. This is one cool piece of history, a blast from the past! 🙂 Never thought US was way too conservative in the “Roaring 20’s”. But good thing, people are very resourceful to spread the word out on cocktail recipes.

  2. It amuses me that a recipe book could ever have been illegal in the US. And you’re right–the Twenties were “wild” in some ways but highly restrictive in others, thanks to the oddity that was Prohibition.

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