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Saratoga Brace Up


Highball Glass

Glass Guide- Highball Glass

I like to think of the Saratoga Brace Up as an "enhanced brandy fizz" because it is similar to the fizz family (led by the Gin Fizz) but has the flavor enlightenment that only absinthe can bring to a drink. I've adapted the recipe below from Jerry Thomas' 1887 Bartender's Guide, where it precedes the famous Knickerbocker.

I chose to switch Thomas' "fine white sugar" to simple syrup as a matter of modern convenience. Also, he doesn't specify ice in the final drink, but as fizzes go, modern tastes (myself included) may find this better on the rocks.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes



  1. Pour all ingredients, except the soda, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into an highball glass (with or without ice, depending on personal preference).
  4. Top with soda water.
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