The Daisy is a classic formula: a sour made fizzy with the addition of sparkling water. The Gin Daisy is our favorite of this ancient family; the gin-citrus-sparkle flavor is refreshing and light on a hot day.
Some old recipes call for triple sec, while others call for a fuller-bodied orange curaçao. We prefer curaçao for its richer flavors, but you can use whatever you like. Yet other recipes call for grenadine in place of an orange liqueur; we think those variants leave a lot to be desired when compared to this time-tested recipe.
Lots of different gin styles go well here; we especially like it with Old Tom gin for an authentically vintage experience, but it’s also great with aged or botanical gins.
Shake everything (except the sparkling water) with ice. Strain into an ice-filled tall glass, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a twist or wheel of lemon.
- Gin Daisy (Old School) at Punch