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Brandy Fizz

Chill the serving glass.  Shake all ingredients except club soda with ice cubes.  Strain into chilled glass and top with club soda.

Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Category Fizz
Tags 1840-1880 (Cocktails Arrive), 1880-1919 (Golden Age)
Proof 23.1
Strength 1.3 standard drinks
Glass Highball Glass
Temp Cold
Brandy Fizz
Brandy Fizz

You need a full-bodied brandy to make a Brandy Fizz shine.  I have found so-so domestic (California) brandy to make a rather flat drink.  Pounding CO2 bubbles into Christian Brothers is like pounding sand.  Try instead a good VS Cognac such as Camus, a big Brandy de Jerez from Spain, or an engaging Armagnac.  Asbach Uralt from Germany also comes to mind.

If you are stuck with a softer, lighter brandy try cutting back on the soda to 2 oz.  Any more and your Brandy Fizz can taste a little thin.

As Harry Johnson recommends, you want to drink a Fizz with some dispatch lest the bubbles go flat or the drink warms (no ice in the drink for a Fizz).  If you're worried about the drink warming, add a lump or two of good, cold ice and you have a Tom Collins (or Brandy Collins in this case).

There is no garnish used in a Fizz (usually), but a lemon twist will brighten up this drink nicely.

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