Orange 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 Orange Fizz cocktail is a refreshing and citrusy drink that has been enjoyed since the early 20th century. It is believed to have originated in the United States and quickly gained popularity due to its bright, zesty flavors and effervescent nature. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a fruity and bubbly beverage, making it a popular choice for brunches, summer parties, and outdoor gatherings.

How Orange Fizz Tastes?

The Orange Fizz has a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a tangy citrus taste from the orange juice and a slight bitterness from the orange liqueur. The addition of soda water gives it a light and effervescent mouthfeel, making it a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail.

Interesting facts about Orange Fizz

  • The Orange Fizz is a variation of the classic Gin Fizz, which is made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water.
  • This cocktail is often served in a highball glass, allowing for plenty of ice and soda water to create a refreshing and well-diluted drink.
  • The Orange Fizz can be easily customized by using different types of orange liqueur, such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec.


A few good options for Orange Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the backbone of the drink, providing a herbal complexity that underpins the citrus notes. If we skimp here, we miss out on those lovely juniper and botanical whispers that make the Orange Fizz more than just a fizzy fruit punch. Overdo it, and suddenly it's a gin slap with an orange tickle.

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Orange Juice

Freshly squeezed brings a burst of sunshine and Vitamin C to the party—a measure of health in a glass of fun. Too little, and why bother calling it an Orange Fizz? Too much, and it's breakfast juice looking for its vodka cousin.

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Orange Liqueur

Orange Liqueur whispers sweet nothings to your taste buds, ramping up the orangey-ness without shouting over the gin's botanicals. Without it, the cocktail loses a layer of depth. Different liqueurs like Grand Marnier or Cointreau can change the sweetness and intensity.

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Soda Water

The effervescence of soda water lifts this drink from flat to fizz-tastic. It's like the difference between giving a polite golf clap and doing the wave at a sports game. Too little, and it's underwhelming; too much, it's a soda with a gin problem.

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Simple Syrup

This sweet symphony helps to balance out the tartness of the orange juice. Forget it, and your lips pucker more than they kiss. But overindulge, and it's a sugar rush in a glass.

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Ice, ice baby is here to chill the deal without watering down the flavors—assuming you drink at a normal pace and don't dilly-dally. No ice? Warm gin and juice is for brave souls, not for the faint of heart.

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Orange Slice

The orange slice garnish is not just a pretty face; it's an aromatic invite to your senses, teasing with a preview of the citrus inside. Skip it, and your cocktail is naked—still lovely, but undeniably less festive.

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Maraschino Cherry

The cherry on top is the edible jewel that signals 'this drink is a treat'. Without it, you're just missing a bit of fun—it doesn't sway the tide, but it does add a sweet little finish.

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Recipe. How to make Orange Fizz Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, orange juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and well-mixed.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Top with soda water and gently stir to combine.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed.
  • Use freshly squeezed orange juice for a more natural and refreshing taste.
  • Chill the highball glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes in the Orange Fizz complement the light, smoky flavors of grilled shrimp or scallops.
  • Chicken or Pork: Try with a lemon-herb chicken or a tangy BBQ pork. The brightness of the cocktail cuts through the richness of the meat.
  • Savory Crepes: A perfect match for savory crepes filled with cheese, as the effervescence cleanses the palate.
  • Fresh Salads: Opt for salads with citrus dressings to echo the orange flavor in the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Champagne: Enjoy alongside a traditional flute of champagne for an elevated drinking experience.
  • Iced Tea: Pair with unsweetened iced tea for a non-alcoholic option that respects the cocktail's refreshing profile.

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What you could change in Orange Fizz

  • Gin: Can be substituted with vodka for a less botanical flavor.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple Sec or Cointreau can be used instead.
  • Soda Water: Can be replaced with tonic water for a slightly bitter taste.

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Spicy Orange Fizz

  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few slices of jalapeño to the shaker with the other ingredients. This adds a thrilling heat that plays well with the sweet and citrus flavors, offering a bold twist for those who like a little adventure in their sips.

Herbal Orange Fizz

  • Include a sprig of rosemary or basil in the cocktail shaker. This infuses the drink with an herbaceous kick, elegantly intertwining with the gin's own botanical notes. Perfect for an aromatic twist that feels like a stroll in an herb garden.

Berry Orange Fizz

  • Muddle a handful of fresh berries—like raspberries or blackberries—in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The berries will introduce a fruity depth, making the cocktail even more of a summery delight. This version is for those who enjoy wandering through berry patches with a glass in hand.

In case you forgot basics how to make Orange 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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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.

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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 Orange Fizz

Can I make the Orange Fizz without alcohol?

Yes, you can make this cocktail into a mocktail by substituting the gin and orange liqueur with more orange juice or non-alcoholic substitutes.

In what occasions can I serve an Orange Fizz?

Orange Fizz is a popular choice for day time events like picnics and brunches. It's also a great cocktail for celebrations and parties, or can simply be enjoyed as a refreshing drink on hot summer days.

Is there a preferred type of gin that pairs well with this cocktail?

A lighter, citrus-forward gin would work well in this cocktail. However, the choice of gin can be subjective and you are free to experiment with different types to find your preferred taste.

Can I use a different type of citrus instead of orange?

Yes, you could also use grapefruit or tangerine, but it would alter the name and taste of the cocktail.

Is it okay to mix the ingredients directly in the glass instead of using a shaker?

Shaking the cocktail ingredients not only mixes them well but also chills the drink properly. Although you can mix it in glass, for the best taste and freshness, it is recommended to use a shaker.

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