The Fitzgerald is a classic cocktail in every sense.
1.5 oz Gin
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
The combination of sugar, bitters, citrus and spirit is effortless and allows your primary spirit to really shine. If you’re not a big crazy gin drinker, the double simple syrup that I created a couple of days back is an excellent way to ease yourself into some drinks you might not otherwise be sure of liking.
Double Simple syrup is simple syrup with a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water instead of the 1:1 normally used. This can actually be extended to 3:1 if you dare but anything beyond that and you’re getting into candy making country which is beyond the ken of this lowly cocktail scribe.
The richness of the syrup is strong, and I think you could scale back a bit on it if you wanted to play with the ingredient mix a bit. Upping the citrus will lose some of the more delicate flavors in your gin, but cutting back on the sweetness will change the cocktail without getting in the way of the flavors.
It is slightly thicker than normal simple syrup but this isn’t really evident once it’s in the drink.
I garnished mine with a few of the maraschino cherries I made a few weeks back. They’re still kicking and the extra flavors at the end were a nice touch.