Lemon, orange and bourbon combine perfectly in a classic American Cooler. Re-discovered by Ted Haigh in his excellent Vintage Cocktails book, and originally recorded by Bacchus and Cordon Bleu in the "New Guide for Hotel Bar and Restaurant". The formula here has been adapted from the original recipe, increasing the Triple Sec from a spoonful to a whole shot while negating the need for Sugar Syrup. As Haigh notes, the Fred Collins Fizz may well have been the inspiration for a contemporary classic that also combines citrus, Whisky and Lemonade: the Lynchburg Lemonade. Named after the location of the famous distillery it's a cocktail made popular by Jack Daniels and was the subject of a legal battle in the 80s between the Jack Daniels company and creator and restaurant owner Tony Mason.
Serve in a Collins glass and garnish with a lemon wheel.
A lemon slice on the rim of a Fred Collins Fizz cocktail.
Add lots of ice to the mixing tin.
Shake the drink well until condensation forms on the outside of the mixing tin.
Fill a Collins glass with ice.
Strain the contents of the mixing tin into the glass.
Taste the cocktail and if necessary adjust the balance with a touch of extra sugar or citrus juice.
Garnish the cocktail with a lemon wheel.