Shake & Sip: A Vintage Cocktail Recipe from Lesley M. M. Blume

With the holidays (read: ‘entertainment time’) quickly approaching, we pounced on the opportunity to have author and cocktail connoisseur Lesley M. M. Blume create a custom drink for us! Read on to learn how to make the Mod Fizz yourself, and don’t forget to check out her book, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktails Edition, on our site! Hint, hint: great gift idea!

“In honor of ModCloth’s love of vintage-inspired entertaining, I’ve adapted the traditional Gin Fizz recipe to create the Mod Fizz–a savory-sweet autumnal delight that uses a sublime chili simple syrup!” says Lesley.

“I really do think of vintage cocktails as personalities–and often highly opinionated ones at that! As I researched for my new book about lost cocktails from eras past, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktails Edition, I came across all kinds of interesting libations. One of the most delightful vintage discoveries: the old-fashioned Gin Fizz, which makes far too few appearances on today’s cocktail menus.”

The Mod Fizz 
By Lesley M. M. Blume

1 ounces gin
1 tablespoon (or more) chili simple syrup, to taste *
1 whole egg
Juice of half a lemon
Selzer, to taste

*My favorite to use is Royal Rose’s Three Chile Syrup

1. Mix ingredients in shaker with plenty of crushed ice.

2. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or Champagne coupe.

3. Top with seltzer to taste, and lightly dust with paprika or chili powder for an extra kick!

“The Fizz made its debut in the 19th century, and it always consists of gin, lemon or lime juice, and sugar. These ingredients are shaken with ice, strained into a cocktail or Collins glass, and topped off with fizzing seltzer (or Champagne). Some Fizz recipes call for the addition of eggs, which cut the sharp taste of the gin and citrus to give the drink a velvet-like texture.

“These effervescent cocktails are incredibly versatile–especially with the use of artisanal simple syrups widely available these days. They’re perfect for a fall brunch, or cool-weather cocktail parties when served with cheese straws and other salty delectables.

“Last steps? Simply sip, and enjoy!”

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  1. Melody Sage 11/02/2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I liked the Let’s Bring Back book. I will have to try the cocktails edition. The husband and I have a cocktail a couple nights a week. Although, I won’t try anything with raw egg, sorry!

  2. DYRVintageFashion (@DYRFashion) 11/02/2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I definitely have to make this, it sounds good!

  3. Karen 11/03/2012 at 6:06 pm #

    If you’re afraid of the raw egg, use an Egg Beaters or one of the other ultra-pasteurized egg products. I use them in eggnog during the holidays with complete confidence.

  4. chocoliv 11/04/2012 at 10:17 pm #



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