We are coming to the end of summer break and what better way to end it than with fancy cocktails?
In this recent video from Buzzfeed, you can become the master of five vintage cocktails.
Here's one to whet your appetite.
Silver Fizz (Late-Mid 1800's)
- 1 egg white
- 2 oz Old Tom gin
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
Watch the video above for more great recipes from the past.
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