The first few hours of the evening at the bar, before the crowds rush in, I get to hone my crossword puzzle skills, catch up on some reading, chat with early guests, and experiment with new cocktails. This week Royal, one of my regulars was getting nostalgic for a drink an old friend used to make him back in the day called the Grand Royal Fizz. As you can guess, he was partial to this drink because his name was actually in the title. I looked the recipe up in the Mr. Boston official bar and party guide that lives in the drawer by the register for emergencies like these, and made one for us to try using all fresh squeezed juices. I should have known, as I am partial to all drinks with the word fizz in them, that this drink would be DELICIOUS! Best described as a lip-smacking creamsicle in a glass, with a hint of cherry stone for sweetness from the maraschino liqueur. I highly recommend you go and make yourself one of these immediately!
Grand Royal Fizz
2 oz gin
2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
1 oz fresh lemon
1/4 oz sugar cane syrup
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
1 oz cream
top with club soda
Combine all ingredients but soda in shaker. Shake hard and strain over cracked or crushed ice in collins glass. Top with soda. Garnish with orange slice or cherry.
Note: Ideally I would use crushed ice but, since I did not have any on hand I used chip ice instead. Cracked ice would also be fine. Also, simple syrup, confection sugar, agave nectar etc. could be substituted for sugar cane syrup and I am sure it would be just as tasty. One last thought, it might be fun to experiment with an egg white in this drink for extra froth, since it is a relative of the Ramos Gin Fizz.