Gin Fizz Cocktail Drink

Gin Fizz

A shot of Gavin Wrigley looking to the camera in a dimly lit room
Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you want to make a standout cocktail, this Gin Fizz recipe has all the necessary ingredients! It’s a drink that’s as easy to make as refreshing.

Gin Fizz Recipe

Get the party started with our easy Gin Fizz recipe! With Gin, lemon juice, and club soda, this fizzy drink is a hit for any get-together.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

229 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 egg white, for frothiness, optional
  • Lemon zest
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Highball Glass
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Egg White: If you're using it, add 1 egg white for frothiness.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add 1 oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Shake with ice: Ice up the shaker and shake again for about the same time.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into the highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Top with Club Soda: Add 1 oz club soda to the glass.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon zest.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka can be a good substitute. It will make the drink less botanical but still delicious. I've also used rum for a tropical twist.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice works if you're out of lemons. The flavor profile changes, but it's still a great drink.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can dissolve sugar in hot water to make your own. Alternatively, honey or agave syrup can add a unique sweetness.

Making a Pitcher of Gin Fizz:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8, except for the club soda. Add the club soda individually to each glass when serving.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, top with club soda, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute that mimics Gin's botanical flavors quite well.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic gin substitute and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: If you're vegan and still want the frothiness, use aquafaba (chickpea water). It works surprisingly well as a frothing agent.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
229
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
73
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Potassium
 
98
mg
3
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Gin Fizz Cocktail Drink

Gin Fizz Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
5 from 1 vote
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Get the party started with our easy Gin Fizz recipe! With Gin, lemon juice, and club soda, this fizzy drink is a hit for any get-together.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 229

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 egg white - for frothiness, optional
  • Lemon zest
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Highball Glass
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Egg White: If you're using it, add 1 egg white for frothiness.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add 1 oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Shake with ice: Ice up the shaker and shake again for about the same time.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into the highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Top with Club Soda: Add 1 oz club soda to the glass.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon zest.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka can be a good substitute. It will make the drink less botanical but still delicious. I've also used rum for a tropical twist.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice works if you're out of lemons. The flavor profile changes, but it's still a great drink.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can dissolve sugar in hot water to make your own. Alternatively, honey or agave syrup can add a unique sweetness.

Making a Pitcher of Gin Fizz:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8, except for the club soda. Add the club soda individually to each glass when serving.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, top with club soda, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute that mimics Gin's botanical flavors quite well.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic gin substitute and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: If you're vegan and still want the frothiness, use aquafaba (chickpea water). It works surprisingly well as a frothing agent.

What is a Classic Gin Fizz?

A Gin Fizz cocktail combines Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. Thanks to the soda, it’s known for its effervescent character and its balanced flavor profile. The International Bartender Association (IBA) not only officially acknowledges this drink but also lists it under ‘The Unforgettables’.

A side shot of a Gin Fizz cocktail in a highball glass on a beige table with a bowl full of lemons behind.

What is a Gin Fizz made of – The ingredients

Before you start mixing your Gin Fizz, collect these ingredients:

  • Gin: Provides the botanical backbone of the cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tart kick that balances the sweetness.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink and rounds out the flavors.
  • Club Soda: Creates the signature fizz and lightens the cocktail.
  • Egg White (optional): Adds frothiness for a creamy texture.

Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda and an egg laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Gin Fizz?

To mix your Gin Fizz properly, follow our easy instructions:

1
<p>Start by filling your highball with ice.</p>

Start by filling your highball with ice.

2
<p>If you’re using it, add to a shaker an egg white to give the drink a frothy texture.</p>

If you’re using it, add to a shaker an egg white to give the drink a frothy texture.

3
<p>Include 1 oz of simple syrup to balance the tartness with sweetness.</p>

Include 1 oz of simple syrup to balance the tartness with sweetness.

4
<p>Measure and add 1 oz of fresh lemon juice to bring in a tart element.</p>

Measure and add 1 oz of fresh lemon juice to bring in a tart element.

5
<p>Pour 2 oz of Gin into the shaker, setting the stage for the cocktail’s botanical flavors.</p>

Pour 2 oz of Gin into the shaker, setting the stage for the cocktail’s botanical flavors.

6
<p>Shake the ingredients vigorously in the shaker for about 15-20 seconds to mix them well.</p>

Shake the ingredients vigorously in the shaker for about 15-20 seconds to mix them well.

7
<p>Fill the shaker three-quarters full with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker three-quarters full with ice cubes.

8
<p>Shake again for about 15-20 seconds.</p>

Shake again for about 15-20 seconds.

9
<p>Discard the ice from the highball glass and replace it with fresh one.</p>

Discard the ice from the highball glass and replace it with fresh one.

10
<p>Strain the shaken mixture into the highball glass to remove unwanted ice shards.</p>

Strain the shaken mixture into the highball glass to remove unwanted ice shards.

11
<p>Top the mixture with 1 oz of club soda to add the signature fizz.</p>

Top the mixture with 1 oz of club soda to add the signature fizz.

12
<p>Zest a lemon peel on the glass.</p>

Zest a lemon peel on the glass.

13
<p>Use the lemon zest as a garnish.</p>

Use the lemon zest as a garnish.

14
<p>Enjoy your Gin Fizz!</p>

Enjoy your Gin Fizz!

What is the difference between Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, Gin Sour, and a Gimlet?

A Gin Fizz features Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda, often with an optional egg white for frothiness. It’s served over ice in a highball glass and is known for its effervescent character.

On the other hand, a Tom Collins also includes Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup but typically has more club soda, making it a taller and often sweeter drink. You’ll usually find it in a Collins glass, which is taller than a highball glass.

A Gin Sour simplifies things by using Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, skipping the club soda entirely. This makes it a more straightforward, tart drink, usually served up or on the rocks in a lowball glass.

Lastly, a Gimlet swaps out the lemon juice and simple syrup for lime juice, often using a lime cordial like Rose’s. It’s a sharper, more lime-focused drink usually served in a cocktail or coupe glass.

Gin Fizz with Prosecco

Switching out the club soda for Prosecco in a Gin Fizz adds complexity and flavor. Prosecco’s natural sweetness and fruity undertones complement the Gin’s botanicals, while its effervescence elevates its texture. The result is a richer, more nuanced beverage that maintains the refreshing character of the original drink. 

What is a Ramos Gin Fizz?

A Ramos Gin Fizz is a variation of the classic version that adds cream and orange flower water to the mix. Created by bartender Henry C. Ramos in 1888 in New Orleans, this drink gained immense popularity for its rich, aromatic, and frothy character. Including egg white and a vigorous shaking process contribute to its signature creamy texture. It’s often considered a more decadent and complex take on the traditional cocktail.

A Gin Fizz cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige table surrounded by sugar cubes and lemon slices.

Gin Fizz Variations

Want to change your Gin Fizz Game? Try one of our other versions of the drink:

  • Sloe Gin Fizz: It uses sloe gin, a liqueur made from gin and sloe berries, introducing a fruity and slightly tart flavor. The sweet-tart balance of sloe berries mixed with zesty lemon is something I particularly enjoy.
  • Elderflower Gin Fizz: Elderflower liqueur adds a unique floral sweetness to the mix. Its elderflower complements the gin’s botanicals, creating a harmonious blend.
  • Cucumber Gin Fizz: Fresh cucumber juice makes it exceptionally refreshing. The crispness of the cucumber pairs perfectly with the complexity of the gin.
  • Blackberry Gin Fizz: Muddled blackberries offer a berry-forward profile, blending tartness and sweetness for a vibrant experience.
  • Grapefruit Gin Fizz: Grapefruit juice replaces lemon juice, adding a bittersweet citrus twist. Its tangy flavor brings a zesty punch.
  • Rosemary Gin Fizz: Rosemary-infused simple syrup lends an herbal depth. The piney aroma of rosemary beautifully complements the gin’s botanicals.
  • Lavender Gin Fizz: Lavender syrup provides a calming, floral undertone. Its soothing aroma makes it perfect for a relaxing evening.
  • Coconut Gin Fizz: Swapping club soda for coconut water adds a tropical twist. The subtle sweetness and nuttiness of coconut water make it intriguingly different.
  • Peach Gin Fizz: Peach nectar or liqueur brings a summery, fruity flair. The juicy, sweet character of peach is hard to resist.
  • Cherry Gin Fizz: Cherry juice or liqueur adds a rich, tart-sweet flavor. The deep red hue of cherry also makes it visually appealing.
  • French 75: Gin meets champagne, lemon juice, and sugar for a celebratory, effervescent mix. The champagne adds a touch of sophistication.
  • Negroni Fizz: Adding soda water to the traditional Negroni ingredients lightens the profile. The effervescence brings a new dimension to its bitter-sweet balance.
  • Strawberry Gin Fizz: Muddled strawberries infuse a summery berry essence. Their natural sweetness and hint of acidity add to the drink’s charm.

History and Origins of the Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz traces its roots back to the 19th century, specifically to the vibrant cocktail culture of New Orleans. As previously mentioned, a bartender named Henry C. Ramos is often credited
with popularizing one of its most famous variations, the Ramos Gin Fizz, in 1888. His version included additional ingredients like cream and orange flower water, and it became so popular that Ramos had to employ a team of “shaker boys” to keep up with demand.

The basic version, however, predates the Ramos version and was a simpler affair. It gained prominence as part of the “fizz” family of cocktails, which were essentially sours with the added effervescence of soda water. These drinks became popular in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially as a morning “eye-opener” or hangover cure.

The cocktail quickly earned its place in classic cocktail books, including the famous “The Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock, published in 1930.

A side shot of a Gin Fizz cocktail in a highball glass on a beige table with a bowl full of lemons behind and lemon slices on the side.

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FAQ

How strong is a Gin Fizz in terms of ABV and proof?
Normally the drink has an ABV of around 12-15%, translating to 24-30 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Gin Fizz?
Gin is the primary alcohol in the drink, providing the cocktail's botanical backbone.
In which glass is a Gin Fizz typically served?
The cocktail is usually served in a highball glass.
What does a Gin Fizz taste like?
It offers a balanced flavor profile, combining the botanicals of Gin with tart lemon, sweetness from simple syrup, and effervescence from club soda.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Gin Fizz?
The classic ratio is 2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz simple syrup, and 1 oz club soda.
What type of Gin works best for the cocktail?
A classic London Dry Gin is often recommended, but other types can add unique flavors.
Can i make a Gin Fizz without eggs?
You can make it vegan by skipping the eggs but the drink will have a less frothy profile.

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