Jillian Moore, Zahav | Philadelphia, PA

A mildly tweaked update on the Grand Royal Fizz, a lesser-known gin fizz variation included in The Savoy Cocktail Book, Jillian Moore’s Thunderbird strikes an appealing balance between citrus-first refresher and creamy dessert drink. Inspired by the Creamsicle-style orange-vanilla twist served at Kohr Brothers, a frozen custard shop that originates at the Jersey Shore, the drink is named in honor of the late Thunderbird Inn, a legendary doo-wop era motel and cocktail bar that operated in the beach town of Wildwood until its demolition in 2005.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Bluecoat
  • 1/2 ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce cream
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • Club soda

Garnish: orange wheel  

  1. Combine all ingredients, except club soda, in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over ice.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with orange wheel.

Tagged: fizzes, gin, Gin Fizz