Bayard Fizz

Chill the serving glass.  Shake all ingredients except the soda with ice cubes.  Strain into the chilled glass and top with soda.  Garnish with a lemon slice and a few fresh raspberries if you have them.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Category Fizz
Tags 1919-1933 (Prohibition), Elegant, Summer
Proof 26.6
Strength 1.6 standard drinks
Glass Highball Glass
Temp Cold
Bayard Fizz
Bayard Fizz

The first reference I find in my bar books to a Bayard Fizz is in The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book from 1935.  So this and the raspberry syrup and liqueur in the recipe are clues that this is probably a Prohibition drink.  Because of the poor quality base spirits available (unless you were a high roller with your own "Boardwalk Empire"), standard recipes such as the Fizz were adapted with added ingredients to cover up the nasty alcohol. 

In the Waldorf-Astoria book this drink is called a Bayard Beauty.  The recipe is more gin-forward with the lemon juice quantity listed as a "spoon" and the syrup and Maraschino relegated to a "dash" each.  This could provide an interesting slight variation from the standard Gin Fizz.

A version of the Bayard Fizz with more of the secondary ingredients is provided here.  This is more in line with the standard Fizz recipe on this site (3/4 oz lemon juice).  I wasn't thrilled with the results, though.  It might be my raspberry syrup - I used some homemade syrup that has been in the refrigerator for awhile.  The result was a drink that wasn't offensive but something was off.  I need to try again with a new batch of syrup or just break down and get some Monin raspberry syrup which I have used in the past.

It certainly is a pretty drink.

Rating (Liquor & Drink)

82

Beefeater gin, fresh lemon juice, Luxardo Maraschino, homemade raspberry syrup (that is suspect) and club soda. 7/18/2012
 

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