The other day, we introduced blog readers to our newest margarita obsession, the Texas Rose Margarita. We mentioned that the margarita is actually a variation on the ‘Daisy’ cocktail. The ‘Daisy’ is one of those classic late 19th century cocktails that has gone through some substantial transformations over the decades.
While there are all kinds of ‘Daisy’ cocktails (Whiskey Daisy, Gin Daisy, Rum Daisy, etc.), the most famous is the Brandy Daisy. We decided to come up with our own take on the Brandy Daisy cocktail using our unique agave nectar – Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar – as a simple syrup. Try it out for yourself!
Amoretti Brandy Daisy Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz brandy
- 2 dashes rum
- 2-3 dashes curaçao liqueur
- 2 pumps Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar
- ½ fresh-squeezed lemon
- soda water
Add all ingredients (except soda water) to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Top with soda water.
What Makes a ‘Daisy’?
If you start researching the Daisy family of cocktails, you’ll find that one bartender’s Daisy may look wildly different from another bartender’s drink of the same name. While the Brandy Daisy recipe we’ve included above is fairly standard (with the exception of our unique agave nectar addition), it’s certainly not the only way to mix this drink.
If we had to nail down the Daisy as having some “core characteristics,” here’s how we would describe it:
- Base spirit (typically brandy, but not necessarily)
- Lemon juice (or other citrus)
- Soda water
Jerry Thomas’s 1876 classic, The Bartender’s Guide or How to Mix Drinks: The Bon-Vivants Companion, which contains one of the earliest (if not the earliest) versions of the Brandy Daisy, sticks to these basic “rules,” as do the early- and mid-20th century versions of this cocktail.
In recent years, many bartenders have made the choice to forgo simple syrup in favor of the French sweetener, “gomme syrup.” Many bartenders also leave out the soda water.
At the end of the day, how you define a drink may not matter so much after all. And if you’re a fan of creating unique cocktail recipes in the vein of the Brandy Daisy, you’ve got a lot of freedom to explore your creativity!
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