Gunshop Fizz

Description
Peychaud's Bitters, Strawberry, Lemon juice, Sanbitter, Simple syrup, Grapefruit peel, Orange peel, Cucumber
Ingredients
2ozPeychaud's Bitters
1ozLemon juice
12ozSimple syrup
3sliCucumber
2 Strawberry
3twstOrange peel (wide swaths)
3twstGrapefruit peel (wide swaths)
1ozSanbitter (or Campari & soda)
1sliCucumber (as garnish)
Instructions
Muddle all but Sanbitter for 2 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Add ice, shake, strain, collins glass. Garnish.
Notes
Substitute Campari and a bit of soda for the hard-to-find San Pellegrino Sanbitter.
Cocktail summary
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Drink
Year2009
Created byKirk Estopinal and Maks Pazuniak, Beta Cocktails
Referencehttp://betacocktails.com/archives/159
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Dan's picture
Dan on 06/06/2010
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Comments

Dan's picture

I realized that I had all the ingredients, including Sanbitter, to make this. That doesn't happen often! I have to admit that I didn't love it as much as I did before. I found it surprisingly flat. The strawberry takes a little mental control to suppress the mundane connotations. With all the muddling, it didn't have much alcohol. I added an ounce of J Wray & Newphew overproof rum, which helped considerably. A juniper-forward gin might work well, too.

I still stand by my belief that this is a mind-blowing drink -- worth making at least once.

Zachary Pearson's picture

A little bit of work, but a gorgeous color. I subbed Campari + Soda for the Sanbitter, which is impossible to find where I live. It's got nice balance, and interesting flavors, but there's a serious "Strawberry-Banana Jello" character here, and while the cucumber adds some freshness and complexity, the whallop of Peychaud's leaves sort of a metallic/phenolic bitterness. I think I admire this more than I love it.

I've made this drink both ways, and it's actually a pretty different drink with the sanbitter, which has less bitterness up front and more of a kind of weird bubblegum taste.

However, I agree with your basic assessment - this is a must try drink, but once you've had it I don't know how many times you'll go back to it. There are probably 10-15 drinks in Rogue and/or Beta that I would pick over this one for my go to drink.

Also, while I generally love drinks with a ton of bitters, I'm a bit wary of drinking 2 whole ounces of peychaud's at once, as it kind of seems like the most processed (i.e. least potable) of the major bitters.

From other users

Mindblowing. Worth making at least once. (3 stars)
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