Golden 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 Golden Fizz cocktail is a classic variation of the Gin Fizz, which dates back to the late 19th century. It was popularized in the United States during the Prohibition era and was a favorite among high society. The addition of an egg yolk gives the cocktail its signature golden color and rich texture.

  • Origin: Late 19th century
  • Popularized during Prohibition era
  • Favored by high society

How Golden Fizz Tastes?

The Golden Fizz is a well-balanced cocktail with a rich, creamy texture. It has a slightly sweet and sour taste, with a hint of citrus from the lemon juice. The gin provides a strong, botanical backbone, while the egg yolk adds a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Interesting facts about Golden Fizz

  • The Golden Fizz is also known as the Royal Fizz
  • The egg yolk gives the cocktail its signature golden color and rich texture
  • It is a variation of the classic Gin Fizz


A few good options for Golden Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is chosen for its botanical complexity that underpins the flavor profile of the cocktail. 2oz is just the right amount to assert its presence without overpowering the other ingredients. Less gin, and your drink becomes a lemonade; too much, and you're at a juniper bush hugging contest.

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Lemon Juice

1oz of lemon juice brings a crisp tartness that balances the sweet and provides a citrusy backbone. Skip the lemon juice, and the drink loses its 'fizz' aspect—the zing that makes your taste buds do the samba.

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Simple Syrup

Sweetness from 0.5oz of simple syrup harmonizes with the tartness of the lemon. It's the peacemaker between gin's botanicals and lemon's acidity. Without it, the cocktail would be like watching a movie with no soundtrack—something crucial would be missing.

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Egg Yolk

The egg yolk is the unsung hero that provides a luxurious texture. Shaken, not stirred, to create a silky-smooth mouthfeel. Without it, you have a drink that feels as flat as a pancake on a plate—no rich, creamy opulence.

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Soda Water

Finally, 2oz of soda water to add the sparkle to your fizz. It brings the effervescence that lifts the cocktail and makes it refreshing. Without the soda, well, it would be like a party without music—just not the same fun.

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Recipe. How to make Golden Fizz Drink

  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg yolk in a cocktail shaker
  2. Dry shake (without ice) for 15-20 seconds to emulsify the egg yolk
  3. Add ice and shake again for 15-20 seconds
  4. Strain into a chilled highball glass
  5. Top with soda water
  6. Gently stir to combine
  7. Garnish with a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer
  • Double strain the cocktail to remove any small ice shards or egg particles

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The acidity of the lemon juice complements the freshness of seafood like oysters or shrimp cocktails.
  • Light Salads: A garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing would pair nicely, as the cocktail won't overpower the greens.
  • Chicken Dishes: Grilled or roasted chicken with herbs can harmonize with the botanicals in the gin.

Drink Pairings

  • Still Water: To cleanse the palate between sips.
  • Dry White Wine: For those who prefer wine over cocktails but want to enjoy a similar flavor profile.
  • Non-alcoholic Ginger Beer: For a non-alcoholic option with a kick that mirrors the zesty nature of the Golden Fizz.

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What you could change in Golden Fizz

  • Gin: You can substitute gin with vodka for a different flavor profile
  • Lemon juice: Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice
  • Simple syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as a natural sweetener substitute

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And of course - twists🍹

The Amber Fizz

  • Use bourbon instead of gin for a sweeter, oak-infused twist.
  • Substitute maple syrup for simple syrup for a deeper, autumnal sweetness.


  1. Replace gin with 2oz bourbon.
  2. Use 0.5oz maple syrup instead of simple syrup.
  3. Follow the rest of the original Golden Fizz recipe.

Expect a drink with a warming character, perfect for cozy nights.

The Pink Fizz

  • Introduce raspberry syrup for a fruity transformation.
  • A splash of cream enhances the velvety texture.


  1. Add 0.5oz raspberry syrup along with the other ingredients.
  2. Include a splash of cream before the dry shake.
  3. Follow the original recipe for the rest.

This twist offers a berry-rich sip with a blush of color and a creamier feel, akin to a refreshingly tart dessert.

The Garden Fizz

  • Muddle cucumber and fresh basil leaves before adding other ingredients for a herbaceous profile.
  • Opt for elderflower liqueur in place of simple syrup for a floral note.


  1. Muddle a couple of cucumber slices and a few basil leaves in the shaker.
  2. Add 0.5oz elderflower liqueur instead of simple syrup.
  3. Add the rest of the original ingredients and follow the recipe.

Refreshing and fragrant, this variant is like taking a stroll through a sunlit garden, drink in hand.

In case you forgot basics how to make Golden 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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

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 Golden Fizz

What are the factors that affect the taste of a cocktail?

The key factors that affect the taste of a cocktail are the quality of ingredients used, the ratio of different components, the method of preparation, and the garnishing used. Certain alcohol types can also impart specific flavors to the cocktail.

What causes the fizz in a cocktail?

The fizz in a cocktail is typically caused by adding a carbonated beverage, such as soda water or champagne, as one of the ingredients. When these are added to the acidic cocktail mix, it releases carbon dioxide, creating the fizz.

Which serving glass is proper for cocktails?

Serving glasses can greatly affect the presentation, aroma, and the overall drinking experience of a cocktail. While highball glasses are commonly used for many cocktails, traditional cocktails have specific glassware associated with them like gibson glasses for martinis and coupes for cosmopolitans.

How does alcohol percentage contribute to the character of a cocktail?

Alcohol percentage, or the alcohol by volume (ABV), not only determines the strength of a cocktail but also impacts its flavor and mouthfeel. A higher ABV often leads to a stronger and more pronounced flavor, while a lower ABV can make a cocktail feel lighter and more refreshing.

Is there a suitable time to consume cocktails?

Cocktails can be enjoyed anytime. However, they are often associated with social occasions like dinner parties and celebratory events. Certain cocktails like the Bloody Mary or Mimosa are also traditionally served during brunch.

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