Gin Daisy Cocktail Drink

Gin Daisy

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Craving a classic cocktail? Our Gin Daisy recipe has all the right ingredients. It’s a drink you’ll want to make time and again.

Gin Daisy Recipe

Refresh your palate with our Gin Daisy recipe, combining gin, lemon juice, and that sweet touch of simple syrup.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

193 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¼ oz orange Curaçao
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 splash soda water or club soda
  • Maraschino cherry and orange peel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass or Highball Glass

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Stir some ice cubes in your Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Orange Curacao: Pour ¼ oz orange Curaçao into the shaker.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain and Serve: Fine strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with Soda: Add 1 splash soda water or club soda.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange peel.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: When I run out of gin, I've found white rum to be a decent substitute. It changes the flavor profile slightly, making it a bit sweeter and less botanical.
  • Orange curaçao: easily use Cointreau or Grand Marnier, both of them will deliver.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, honey or agave syrup works wonders. Honey provides a rich, floral sweetness, while agave gives a smoother sweetness.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply the ingredients by 8: 16 oz of gin, 8 oz of lemon juice, 2 oz of orange curaçao, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled glasses, top each with soda, garnish, and enjoy immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic gin substitute. They often capture the botanical essence of traditional gin.
  • Orange curaçao: opt for orange juice or for a non-alcoholic orange cordial.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the regular gin with its non-alcoholic counterpart and follow the original steps for a delightful non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup doesn't use any animal by-products during its production or use agave syrup.
  • Garnish: Check the maraschino cherries; some brands might use non-vegan coloring or preservatives. Opt for organic or specifically vegan-labeled cherries to be sure.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
193
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Gin Daisy Cocktail Drink

Gin Daisy Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Refresh your palate with our Gin Daisy recipe, combining gin, lemon juice, and that sweet touch of simple syrup.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 193

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¼ oz orange Curaçao
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 splash soda water or club soda
  • Maraschino cherry and orange peel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass or Highball Glass

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Stir some ice cubes in your Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Orange Curacao: Pour ¼ oz orange Curaçao into the shaker.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain and Serve: Fine strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with Soda: Add 1 splash soda water or club soda.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange peel.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: When I run out of gin, I've found white rum to be a decent substitute. It changes the flavor profile slightly, making it a bit sweeter and less botanical.
  • Orange curaçao: easily use Cointreau or Grand Marnier, both of them will deliver.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, honey or agave syrup works wonders. Honey provides a rich, floral sweetness, while agave gives a smoother sweetness.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply the ingredients by 8: 16 oz of gin, 8 oz of lemon juice, 2 oz of orange curaçao, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled glasses, top each with soda, garnish, and enjoy immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic gin substitute. They often capture the botanical essence of traditional gin.
  • Orange curaçao: opt for orange juice or for a non-alcoholic orange cordial.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the regular gin with its non-alcoholic counterpart and follow the original steps for a delightful non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup doesn't use any animal by-products during its production or use agave syrup.
  • Garnish: Check the maraschino cherries; some brands might use non-vegan coloring or preservatives. Opt for organic or specifically vegan-labeled cherries to be sure.

What is a Gin Daisy

Gin Daisy is a gin cocktail that combines lemon juice, simple syrup, and often a touch of soda or club soda. Historians trace its origins back to the late 19th century, placing it among the early cocktails of the American bar scene. The name “Daisy” is believed to derive from the term “dais,” which refers to a drink garnished with fruit. Even though it hails from a bygone era, the Gin Daisy remains a popular choice today. While its recipe might sound sophisticated, crafting a Gin Daisy is straightforward and unpretentious.

A Gin Daisy cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a red cloth placed on a dark table.

What is a Gin Daisy made of – The ingredients

A Gin Daisy consists of the following ingredients:

  • Gin: The primary spirit in the cocktail, gin provides the botanical base that characterizes the Gin Daisy.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a zesty citrus kick, balancing out the sweetness and enhancing the gin’s botanical notes.
  • Simple Syrup: Offers sweetness, making the cocktail palatable and smoothing out the sharpness of the lemon juice.
  • Orange curacao: Add a touch of citrusy sweetness and it enhances the overall experience.
  • Soda Water or Club Soda (optional): Gives the drink a fizzy lift, lightening the flavor profile and adding effervescence.

Gin, orange Curacao, simple syrup, club soda, and lemon juice laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Gin Daisy?

Step through our clear instructions to mix up a Gin Daisy:

1
<p>Ice up your Old Fashioned, then stir the ice in the glass to ensure it’s thoroughly chilled. </p>

Ice up your Old Fashioned, then stir the ice in the glass to ensure it’s thoroughly chilled. 

2
<p>Introduce simple syrup to the shaker, providing the necessary sweetness to contrast with the tangy lemon.</p>

Introduce simple syrup to the shaker, providing the necessary sweetness to contrast with the tangy lemon.

3
<p>Add lemon juice to introduce a zesty citrus element that balances the cocktail.</p>

Add lemon juice to introduce a zesty citrus element that balances the cocktail.

4
<p>Add the orange curaçao to balance the rest of the ingredients. </p>

Add the orange curaçao to balance the rest of the ingredients.

5
<p>Pour your desired gin into the shaker to form the drink's primary spirit base.</p>

Pour your desired gin into the shaker to form the drink's primary spirit base.

6
<p>Ice up your shaker.</p>

Ice up your shaker.

7
<p>Secure the lid of the shaker, and shake the mixture vigorously to ensure the ingredients meld together and chill thoroughly.</p>

Secure the lid of the shaker, and shake the mixture vigorously to ensure the ingredients meld together and chill thoroughly.

8
<p>Refill your Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.</p>

Refill your Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.

9
<p>Fine strain the chilled mixture into your Old Fashioned over fresh ice.</p>

Fine strain the chilled mixture into your Old Fashioned over fresh ice.

10
<p>Top the drink with a splash of water or club soda to infuse it with a light effervescence.</p>

Top the drink with a splash of water or club soda to infuse it with a light effervescence.

11
<p>Garnish with an orange peel or maraschino cherry.</p>

Garnish with an orange peel or maraschino cherry.

Gin Daisy with Grenadine

You can make a Gin Daisy with grenadine. Using grenadine is often a nod to the 1930 “Savoy Cocktail Book” version of the Gin Daisy, where grenadine provides the drink with its sweet and fruity depth. This traditional approach showcases a slightly different flavor profile, emphasizing the rich sweetness of the pomegranate-based syrup alongside the gin’s botanicals.

A Gin Daisy cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Gin, orange Curacao, simple syrup, club soda, and lemon juice

History and Origin of the Gin Daisy

The Gin Daisy traces its roots back to the late 19th century, marking its place among America’s early cocktails. Its first recorded mention appears in the 1876 book “The Bartender’s Guide” by Jerry Thomas, a legendary bartender often referred to as the father of American mixology. In this guide, Thomas introduced the Daisy as a drink category that combines spirit, citrus, orange cordial, sugar, and a fizzy element, usually soda water or seltzer.

The name “Daisy” likely derives from the term “dais,” which in the drinking vernacular of the time meant a drink adorned or garnished with fruit. Over time, the Gin Daisy evolved and incorporated various spirits. The earliest Daisies often featured whiskey or brandy rather than gin. However, gin became a favored choice, especially during the Prohibition era, due to its easy availability and its botanical flavors meshed well with the cocktail’s citrusy profile.

Throughout the 20th century, the Gin Daisy maintained its popularity. While it might have been overshadowed occasionally by newer cocktail creations, it has remained a classic and enjoyed periodic revivals in the cocktail scene. Today, bartenders worldwide recognize and respect the Gin Daisy for its historical significance and enduring appeal.

A side shot of a Gin Daisy cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a red cloth placed on a dark table in front of a white wall.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Gin Daisy?
A standard version contains around 150-200 calories, which can vary based on the specific ingredients and their quantities.
How strong is a Gin Daisy in terms of ABV and proof?
A typical Gin Daisy has an ABV of about 20-25% when mixed, resulting in a proof of 40-50, depending on the gin used and the ratios.
What type of alcohol is used in a Gin Daisy?
The primary alcohol is gin, which provides its signature botanical base.
In which type of glass is a Gin Daisy usually served?
The drink is traditionally served in an Old Fashioned or Highball glass.
What does a Gin Daisy taste like?
A Gin Daisy offers a refreshing balance of zesty citrus from the lemon juice, the botanical depth of gin, the complexity of orange curaçao and a touch of sweetness from the simple syrup.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in a Gin Daisy?
The classic version typically follows a 2:1:½ ratio - two parts gin, one part lemon juice, and half part simple syrup with the addition of orange curaçao. However, personal preferences can slightly adjust these proportions.
How is the Gin Daisy served concerning ice?
The cocktail is served over ice, ensuring a chilled and refreshing experience.

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