Whiskey Daisy

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Published: 12/24/23

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The Daisy cocktail family at its core, comprises four key elements: a base spirit, citrus juice, a sweetener (often a liqueur, occasionally combined with flavored syrup), and soda water. In 1876, Jerry Thomas, often regarded as the father of American mixology, laid the foundation for the Daisy cocktail when he updated his book “The Bar-tender’s Guide”. This edition featured the inaugural written recipe for the Brandy daisy, a cocktail that would soon become a canvas for mixologists to express their creativity. This simple yet effective template provided a launching pad for countless variations, allowing bartenders to experiment and innovate within a defined framework.

Among the myriad of Daisy variations, the Whiskey Daisy showcases the rich and robust character of whiskey. The choice of whiskey introduces depth and complexity, with its nuanced notes of caramel, oak, and a hint of spice.

Over the years, the Whiskey Daisy, like its counterparts within the Daisy family, has undergone subtle adaptations to suit contemporary tastes and preferences. Mixologists have experimented with different whiskey varieties, from the smoky allure of peaty Scotch to the smooth elegance of bourbon, infusing the cocktail with diverse flavor profiles. Additionally, creative bartenders have introduced unique twists, such as incorporating flavored syrups, bitters, or herbal infusions, further expanding the Daisy cocktail family repertoire.

Whiskey Daisy Recipe

  1. 60 ml whiskey

  2. 30 ml fresh lemon juice

  3. 15 ml orange liqueur

  4. 7.5 ml simple syrup

  5. sparkling water, to top

  6. Ice

whiskey daisy cocktail

How to Make a Whiskey Daisy

  1. Add the whiskey, fresh lemon juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10-20 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a coupe glass.

  4. Top off with a splash of sparkling water.