As the world of cocktails evolves, not every cocktail survives. After all, there are only so many cocktails that can be popular. Just like any other art form, there are certain drinks that surface to the forefront of culture, and some that have their moment of greatness and are then relegated to a certain region or part of the menu, where they still exist, of course, but may not thrive like they once did. The Chicago Fizz is a truly unique cocktail that may have had its time, but is still enjoyed by those that are in the know.
The “fizz” in general had its prominence from the 1900s to the 1940s, when the drinking scene started giving way to new cocktails that people found more interesting, easier to make, or simply more convenient and popular. Just like many pre-Prohibition cocktails; its history is a little spotty, but we do know that it did, at one point, travel past Chicago to become a bit of a national phenomenon, before its time subsided. The Chicago Fizz is certainly different from most, as its principal ingredients are dark rum and ruby port – certainly not the most prevalent ingredients in cocktails, much less in the same cocktail.
- 1 ounce dark rum
- 1 ounce ruby port
- ½ ounce of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of sugar
- Splash of club soda
- Pour the rum, port, and juice over ice in the cocktail shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled Collins glass.
- Top with club soda.
- Cocktail shaker
- Collins Glass
Fizzes are more customizable than most, and this one is no exception! In fact, a traditional Chicago Fizz actually contains both egg white and simple syrup. This obviously would give the drink a thicker and unique texture than most. Obviously, these aren’t mandatory to enjoy one, but you might find that it is more prevalent the closer that you drink to Chicago. Therefore, if you are in the Midwest, you might expect that variation more often. The Chicago Fizz is extremely unique, which is only right for a city like Chicago, which has an extremely rich culture and history, whether we are speaking about architecture, art, music, or even the mafia. It’s only right that their fizz cocktail represents this individuality.