Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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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 Gin Fizz is a classic cocktail that dates back to the late 19th century. It was first created in New Orleans by Henry C. Ramos and quickly gained popularity in the United States and Europe. The cocktail is a variation of the older 'fizz' family of cocktails, which were characterized by their inclusion of carbonated water and citrus. The Gin Fizz is a favorite among gin lovers and has inspired many variations, such as the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Sloe Gin Fizz.

How Gin Fizz Tastes?

The Gin Fizz is a refreshing, light, and effervescent cocktail with a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The gin provides a subtle juniper and botanical backbone, while the lemon juice adds a bright, zesty acidity. The sugar and egg white create a smooth, frothy texture that complements the bubbly carbonation of the soda water.

Interesting facts about Gin Fizz

  • The Gin Fizz was so popular during the 19th century that bars would employ teams of bartenders, called 'shaker boys', to continuously shake the cocktails to keep up with demand.
  • The Ramos Gin Fizz, a variation of the Gin Fizz, is known for its lengthy preparation time, which includes a 12-minute shaking process to achieve its signature frothy texture.
  • The Gin Fizz is often compared to the Tom Collins, another classic gin cocktail, but the key difference is the use of egg white in the Gin Fizz, which creates a creamier texture.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Egg white: 1
  • Club soda: 2 oz(60ml)

A few good options for Gin Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the <strong>backbone</strong> of the cocktail, providing its distinctive herbal and juniper flavors. If you skimp on the gin, your Gin Fizz may be mistaken for a lemonade on a bubbly adventure. Too much, and you'll feel like you're lost in a pine forest.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

The <strong>sour</strong> component, lemon juice balances the gin's bold flavor and adds a refreshing zest. It's like the sizzle in your fizz. Omitting it might leave your drink flat and lifeless - literally, and metaphorically! Lime juice could step in, but it’d swing the flavor more towards a Gimlet's cousin.

Mary Mitkina

Simple Syrup

Sweetness from simple syrup <strong>harmonizes</strong> everything. Think of it as the cocktail’s mediator. Too much syrup could turn your cocktail into a sticky sweet nuisance, too little and the tartness might make you pucker more than desired.

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Egg White

Egg white is the magic that turns a cocktail into a silky, <strong>frothy delight</strong>. Without it, you lose the foamy head that makes a Gin Fizz so distinctive. Vegan? Aquafaba could whip you up a similar texture.

Emma Rose

Club Soda

This bubbly buddy brings the <strong>fizz</strong> to the Gin Fizz. The effervescence lifts the drink, making it dance on your tongue. Zero soda equals zero fun - it’s the pop in your sip!

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Gin Fizz Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  2. Perform a 'dry shake' (without ice) for 15-20 seconds to emulsify the egg white and create a frothy texture.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for another 15-20 seconds to chill and dilute the cocktail.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled highball glass.
  5. Top with club soda to create a fizzy head.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a straw.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. Bottled juice can't compare.
  • Shake the cocktail vigorously. This helps to fully incorporate the egg white and create a frothy texture.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail into it. This keeps the drink colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings


*<strong>Savory Canapés:</strong> With its vibrant and refreshing nature, a Gin Fizz pairs flawlessly with small, flavorful bites like smoked salmon on toast or goat cheese-stuffed peppadews. *<strong>Citrus & Seafood</strong>: The zesty lemon in the cocktail complements dishes like ceviche or shrimp cocktail beautifully, enhancing the seafood’s freshness.

Main Courses

*<strong>Grilled White Meats:</strong> Chicken or pork with herbs, especially when lemon is part of the marinade, will echo the bright notes in the drink. *<strong>Asian Cuisines:</strong> The effervescence and acidity can cut through the richness of curries or noodle dishes, refreshing the palate.


*<strong>Fresh Green Salads:</strong> A simple salad dressed with a vinaigrette will mirror the drink’s acidity and lightness, making for a harmonious pairing.


*<strong>Lemon-flavored Desserts:</strong> Like enhances like, so lemon custards or sorbets would make an excellent match, picking up the Gin Fizz's citrus notes.

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What you could change in Gin Fizz

  • Gin: You can substitute gin with vodka for a Vodka Fizz.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice.
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as a natural alternative to simple syrup.
  • Egg White: If you're vegan or allergic to eggs, you can use aquafaba (chickpea water) as a substitute for egg white.

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Cucumber Gin Fizz

Add some thinly sliced cucumber during the shake. It will add a <strong>refreshing</strong> and subtly green dimension to your drink, as if your Gin Fizz decided to put on a green suit for a summer day out.

Berry Gin Fizz

Muddle a handful of ripe berries such as raspberries or blackberries before the dry shake. This will bring a <strong>fruity</strong> and slightly <strong>tart</strong> edge, giving the impression of your classic Gin Fizz going berry picking in the forest.

Herbal Gin Fizz

Infuse the gin with herbs like rosemary or basil for a few hours before mixing. This twist is like sending your Gin Fizz to an aromatic spa retreat, offering complex, earthy notes that play along with the herbal character of gin.

In case you forgot basics how to make Gin Fizz

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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.

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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 Gin Fizz

What is the best type of gin to use in a Gin Fizz?

Any type of gin can be used in a Gin Fizz, though a dry gin is often preferred for its crisp and refreshing taste. Premium brands like Beefeater or Tanqueray are often recommended for the best results.

Is there alcohol-free version of Gin Fizz?

Yes, an alcohol-free version of a Gin Fizz can be made by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic gin alternative.

What type of glass is recommended for serving a Gin Fizz?

A tall highball glass is typically recommended for serving a Gin Fizz.

What is the difference between a Screwdriver and a Gin Fizz?

A Screwdriver is a simple cocktail made with vodka and orange juice, while a Gin Fizz is more complex, containing gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white, and soda water.

What does 'fizz' mean in cocktails?

'Fizz' in cocktails typically refers to the addition of carbonated water, resulting in a fizzy, refreshing drink.

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