Ablemarle Fizz - The Ingredients

Albemarle Fizz

According to Wikipedia (always love saying that), the word ALBEMARLE is the Latinised form of the French county of Aumale in Normandy (Latin: Alba Marla meaning “White Marl”, marl being a type of fertile soil). White marl, eh? The Savoy Stomp blog digs around and finds some more interesting history about Albemarle: It was also an early Virginia colony gone bad, where the settlers arrived too late for planting, starved, pissed off the local Native American tribes, and then eventually scurried back to England.

What does this have to do with the ALBEMARLE FIZZ? I am not so sure. The Albemarle has gin, raspberry syrup, and club soda. It is pink and refreshing and seems about as far away from that early part of American history as anything.

2 oz. dry gin (Bombay)
.5 oz. lemon
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp raspberry syrup
Club Soda

Over three cubes of ice, add gin, squeeze in the juice of the lemon. Add sugar and the raspberry syrup and stir well. Fill glass with club soda.

Eric: It actually looks kind of nice; it’s got a good color to it. It’s a long drink. Put a straw in that; it’ll knock you out.
Beefcake: I could see sitting by the pool and drinking that in the afternoon.
Brian: It’s lovely. It’s a gin fizz. It looks like the sugar hasn’t totally dissolved.
Eric: It tastes totally innocuous. How much gin is in there?
Beefcake: Actually, those are ice cubes made from gin. I put them in liquid nitrogen to freeze them.
Eric: Just add water. Pink water.
Brian: If I ever did have a pool, though, I’d say, “We should make some gin fizzes.”
Beefcake: Margaritas and gin fizzes.
Eric: But you’d never say, “Hold on, let me go make some raspberry syrup. I’m going to go cook this thing up right now.”
Brian: “And then give me 20 minutes cause I gotta let it chill.”
Eric: “But don’t worry, it’ll be totally worth it.”
Beefcake: On the other hand I give it points because it’s cold. It’s a cold drink, you know what I mean?
Brian: You’re giving points for its temperature.
Beefcake: Yes.

SCORES: Brian 6, Eric 6, Beefcake 6

Eric D. Anderson


Eric D. Anderson came to appreciate cocktails late in life and is trying to make up for lost time. He finds that crafting drinks involves the same precision, creativity, sociability, and ritual as baking—another passion—and believes that it brings people together in the same way. Eric is the director of Way of the Puck, a feature-length documentary about professional air hockey, and the editor of Stories of Quitting (, an online collection of true stories that celebrate giving up. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Painted Bride Quarterly, Perigee, Giant Robot, and Wild Quarterly, among other publications. In his free time he works as a camera operator on commercials and motion pictures.

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