Gin Daisy cocktail
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Gin Daisy

A ‘Doozy’ of a Gin Cocktail


The Gin Daisy is a 19th-century cocktail. The name is a derivative of slang, also ‘doozy’, for something extraordinary. And the Gin Daisy is certainly that.


First noted in ‘Professor’ Jerry Thomas’s ‘Bar-Tenders Guide’ published in 1876, but probably around before then, it is a combination of a sour and a cobbler.


A gin sour is as the name suggests a gin cocktail with a sour note. Here the sour note is provided by the fresh lemon juice. If it is too sour for your taste simply dial it down a little. A cobbler is a drink served over crushed ice. The Gin Daisy does both of these things and is a particularly refreshing drink on a hot summer’s evening.


Traditionally it should be served in a julep cup, more recently a highball glass. But here I thought the pink of the grenadine would look pretty in a flower painted teacup.

A gin sour and a cobbler combined then perked up with soda water.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 45 ml Old Tom gin 1 and 1/2 ounces
  • 15 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 ounce
  • 7.5 ml Grenadine 1/4 ounce
  • 7.5 ml Simple syrup 1/4 ounce
  • Soda water


  1. Fill a julep cup, highball glass or in this case a teacup with crushed ice.

  2. Pour all the ingredients except the soda into a cocktail shaker with ice.

  3. Shake or stir.

  4. Pour the mixed ingredients over the crushed ice.

  5. Top with soda water.

  6. Garnish with either a slice of orange or a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint. Or all three.

Recipe Notes


Some recipes call for a light dusting of icing sugar. Try it and see if you prefer it. I like mine without.



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