Friday Cocktail: The Fitzgerald

Last week I was visiting my family in Wilmington to get a new drivers license (mine was stolen) and to see my family and  a few friends. As usual, time went by far too quickly, and I was sad to leave, even s it looked like I might not make it out. Every time I fly out of Philadelphia I run into some sort of problem- there’s an accident on the way and I miss my flight, there’s bad weather, or even just bad timing for no discernible reason. This trip was an unfortunate combination of the last two- some bad weather delayed all outbound flights which caused a huge domino effect and caused my 7:20pm flight to eventually depart at 11:30pm (after sitting on the runway for close to three hours).

Before I’d boarded my mom called ask asked if I wanted to come home for one more night and switch to a morning flight- I wish I’d taken her up on it. Luckily Cameron is pretty amazing and picked me up from the airport at 1:00am, and surprised me with a bunch of lilies, which have made our apartment smell amazing.


One of my favorite flowers, and always a welcome surprise

Back in Nashville, I will be working through the holiday weekend. At this point all I’m hoping for is a glimpse of some fireworks (ideally without rain), and some patriotic pancakes (featuring some strawberries, blueberries, and maybe some whipped coconut cream- recipe coming soon!).

Planning this week’s cocktail was the perfect time to relax and spend some time with Cameron. This drink has been a favorite of ours for quite a while. I still remember the first time I had it; Cameron was spending the summer at Sewanee, where we both went to school, and I was visiting him for a few weeks. When we found this classic cocktail in an old bar book one of us had picked up we decided to give it a try, and it’s been a favorite ever since.

I love these Jefferson cups I got for Cameron for a gift a few years ago

I love these Jefferson cups I got for Cameron for a gift a few years ago

They are great in the summer, but I you could really enjoy this drink any time of year. It’s well balanced, and a pretty shade of pink from the bitters, and it’s another cocktail that includes ingredients you probably have on hand. The name is also fun- Fitzgerald happens to be one of my favorite authors.


• 2 oz gin (I like Gordon’s here)

• .75 oz lemon juice

• .5oz simple syrup

• a few dashes of Angostura bitters (I used three)


1. Add ingredients to cup/shaker

2. Shake vigorously, strain into a chilled glass

3. Garnish with a lemon wheel if desired.


Let me know if you like it in the comments!

To everyone celebrating Independence Day tomorrow- have a fun and safe holiday weekend!




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