Daisy Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol percent:20%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Daisy cocktail has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. It is believed to have originated in the United States and was popular during the Prohibition era. The Daisy is a classic cocktail that has evolved over time, with many variations created by bartenders around the world.

  • The name 'Daisy' is derived from the Old English word 'daes eage', which means 'day's eye'
  • The Daisy was a popular choice among the upper class in the late 1800s and early 1900s
  • The original Daisy recipe called for gin, but it has since been adapted to include other spirits like whiskey, rum, and tequila

How Daisy Tastes?

The Daisy cocktail is a refreshing, citrusy, and slightly sweet drink with a hint of tartness. It has a well-balanced flavor profile that is both light and invigorating, making it perfect for warm weather or as an aperitif.

Interesting facts about Daisy

  • The Daisy is considered a 'sour' cocktail, which is a category of drinks that includes classics like the Whiskey Sour and the Margarita
  • The Daisy is often garnished with seasonal fruit or a citrus wheel to enhance its visual appeal and add a touch of freshness
  • Some variations of the Daisy include the addition of grenadine, which gives the drink a beautiful pink hue


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Orange curacao: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Club soda: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon wheel: 1
  • Sprig of mint: 1

A few good options for Daisy are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The gin is like the canvas of our cocktail painting—without it, we're just staring at a blank space. It provides that botanical backbone. 2oz is just enough to let you know it's there but not enough to knock you over the head with juniper.

Emma Rose


Lemon juice adds the zing and the zang! It brings brightness and acidity which balances out the sweetness. 1oz is the sweet spot, less and you could lose that pop, more and you might pucker up more than you'd like.

Mary Mitkina


A 0.5oz of orange curacao is like the secret whisper in the Daisy—subtle but essential. It gives a slight, sophisticated orange flavor. Without it, your cocktail feels like it missed the last step of a dance routine.

Alex Green


Simple syrup is the peacemaker between the tart lemon and the bold gin, rounding out harsh edges with 0.5oz of sweetness. Take it out, and the lemon could throw a tantrum.

Emma Rose


Club soda is the effervescent personality of the cocktail, giving it a lively sparkle with 1oz. Skip it, and the Daisy just feels flat—literally.

Mary Mitkina


Garnish with a lemon wheel to add an extra circle of zest—plus, it makes your cocktail dressy enough for any occasion.

Alex Green


A sprig of mint is not just a pretty face; it's a whiff of fresh air each time you take a sip, elevating the entire sipping experience.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Daisy Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, orange curacao, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice
  5. Top with club soda
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Platters: The citrus notes in the Daisy pair beautifully with creamy cheeses such as brie or goat cheese, creating a delightful contrast between the zesty cocktail and the rich flavors of the cheese.
  • Seafood Appetizers: Light seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail or ceviche complement the fresh and crisp nature of the Daisy.
  • Grilled Chicken: The herbal notes from the gin and the acidity from the lemon make it a perfect match for herbed grilled chicken.

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What you could change in Daisy

  • Gin: Can be replaced with vodka or tequila
  • Orange Curacao: Can be substituted with Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • Simple Syrup: Can be replaced with agave syrup or honey

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Daisy

  • Ingredients: Swap gin for cucumber-infused gin, and add a dash of elderflower liqueur.
  • Recipe: The recipe follows the classic, except cucumber-infused gin adds a garden-fresh spin. A dash of elderflower liqueur introduces floral notes.
  • Flavor: This version is fresher and slightly sweeter, with an elegant floral undercurrent.

Spicy Daisy

  • Ingredients: Add a slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño slice in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The rest remains unchanged.
  • Flavor: Expect a bold kick of heat, tempered by the citrus, for those who like a little fire with their flowers.

Berry Daisy

  • Ingredients: Muddle a handful of mixed berries in the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the berries well before adding the remaining ingredients. Strain into the glass.
  • Flavor: The berries add a burst of sweetness and a brilliant color, creating a fruity twist on the classic.

In case you forgot basics how to make Daisy

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Daisy

What type of glass should I use to serve the Daisy cocktail?

The Daisy cocktail is typically served in a highball or tall glass.

Can I pre-make a Daisy Cocktail for a party?

It's best to make a Daisy cocktail fresh but if you're hosting a party, you can pre-mix the gin, lemon juice, orange curacao, and simple syrup. When it's time to serve, you can add the mixture over ice, top it off with soda and add your garnish.

Is the Daisy cocktail considered a strong drink?

Though the alcohol content is significant due to the use of gin, the Daisy cocktail is tempered by the addition of lemon juice, orange curacao, and club soda, making it a balanced drink in terms of strength.

What are some good food pairings for the Daisy cocktail?

As the Daisy cocktail is light and citrusy, it pairs well with seafood, light salads, and chicken dishes.

What is the best time to enjoy a Daisy cocktail?

Daisy cocktail can be enjoyed any time, but it is especially refreshing in the summer months or at a brunch.

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