Brandy Daisy

The Classic Brandy Daisy Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail

The Daisy is a classic style of cocktail that dates to the late 1800's. It is really a family of drinks that is basically a base spirit, simple syrup (or traditionally gum syrup and alternatively orgeat syrup), curacao or maraschino, lemon juice and soda water. Below is the recipe for the Brandy Daisy and more -- ways to adapt it for the various base spirits.


  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 2 dashes rum
  • 2 to 3 dashes curacao liqueur
  • 3 to 4 dashes simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 2​ ​ounces soda water (more or less as needed to fill glass)

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  2. Strain into a large cocktail glass.

  3. Top with soda water.

Other Daisies

Note: The rum in the Brandy Daisy is dropped for the others.

  • Gin Daisy - use gin (traditionally a "Holland" gin, e.g. genever), orgeat for the syrup, and maraschino for curacao

  • Rum Daisy - use rum and either maraschino or curacao

  • Whiskey Daisy - use bourbon or rye whiskey, orgeat, and simple syrup and no liqueur