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The classic gin fizz has a long pedigree in the sour family of cocktails. The drink’s first printed recipe appeared in the United States in Jerry Thomas’ post-Civil War 1876 edition of “The Bar-tenders Guide.” Like a sour, the template is a spirit accompanied by some citrus, egg whites and sugar — for the fizz, you just add soda water.

If you’re not a gin fan, though, what other spirit might tickle your fancy?

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