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
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.
SCORES: Brian 6, Eric 6, Beefcake 6