The Gunshop Fizz – What IS this drink?



Today, we’re making the Gunshop Fizz! You may wonder, “What is this drink?”. I did too (I’d never heard of a cocktail that called for Peychaud’s bitters as its base spirit). I foolishly questioned if it would work, but my doubts were put to rest when I had this drink that’s built in the style of a classic Pimm’s Cup. This is a complex cocktail that is brilliantly balanced, and I don’t know that there is a redder drink out there. Created in 2009 by Kirk Estopinal and Maks Pazuniak, the Gunshop Fizz was named in honor of the pharmacy owned by the creator of Peychaud’s bitters, Antione Amédée Peychaud (now an antique gun and sword shop located in New Orleans’ French Quarter). If you’re intrigued even a little bit, you have to try this one. Cheers!

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TIME STAMPS
Intro: 0:00
The History: 1:06
The Booze: 3:04
The Recipe: 4:35
Sips & Sign Off: 8:20

THE GUNSHOP FIZZ RECIPE
2 oz. (60 ml) Peychaud’s Bitters
1 oz. (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 oz. (30 ml) simple syrup (1:1 sugar:water)
2 strawberries
2 cucumber slices
3 orange swaths
3 grapefruit swaths
1 oz. (30 ml) red bitter soda as topper (Sanbitter or Stappi)
1 cucumber slice and 1 strawberry for garnish

ITALIAN RED BITTER SODA
Stappi Red Bitter:
Sanbitter Rosso:

THE TOOLS
My workhorse double jigger:
My go-to large shaking tin:
My go-to small cheater tin:
Muddler:
Serrated utility knife:
Y Peeler:
Hawthorne strainer:
Fine mesh strainer:
Rubber Bar Mat (6″x12″):
Juicer:
Black metal straws:

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