Pink Pepper Phizz Cocktail Recipe

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Created by

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 Pink Pepper Phizz is a modern cocktail that has gained popularity in recent years. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a balance of sweet and spicy flavors. The pink peppercorns add a unique twist to the classic gin fizz, making it a standout cocktail.

  • Created by innovative bartenders looking to push the boundaries of traditional cocktails
  • Perfect for those who enjoy a bit of heat in their drinks
  • The pink peppercorns are not just for show, they add a spicy kick that balances the sweetness of the other ingredients

How Pink Pepper Phizz Tastes?

The Pink Pepper Phizz is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and spicy. The gin provides a strong, aromatic base, while the lemon juice adds a tangy freshness. The simple syrup brings a subtle sweetness that is balanced by the spicy kick of the pink peppercorns.

Interesting facts about Pink Pepper Phizz

  • The Pink Pepper Phizz is a variation of the classic gin fizz.
  • The pink peppercorns are not just a garnish, they are muddled into the drink to release their spicy flavor.
  • Despite its name, the Pink Pepper Phizz is not overly sweet. The pink peppercorns and lemon juice balance out the sweetness of the simple syrup.


A few good options for Pink Pepper Phizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The gin is the star of the show, laying down the base spirit for our Pink Pepper Phizz. At 2 oz, it's just enough to pack a punch without knocking your socks off! Too much gin and you'd be joining the 'spirits' rather than sipping your cocktail. Too little, and it's like a penguin in the desert - out of place and rather confused. Without it, there'd be no cocktail, just a peppery lemonade. Swap out for vodka if you fancy a cleaner sip.

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Lemon Juice

1 oz of lemon juice adds the zesty zing and is the acidulous backbone of our cocktail. Too much and your mouth might pucker more than a duck's; too little and it’s like a high-five with no one on the other end. It cuts the sweetness of the syrup and balances the flavors. No lemon juice? It's like a joke without a punchline.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

Sweetness check with 1 oz simple syrup. It keeps the sour of the lemon and the bitter of the gin in check, like a sweet referee. Not enough, the drink is too sharp; too much, and you're in the land of toothaches. Maple syrup could sub in for a earthy twist!

Emma Rose

Egg White

That one egg white gives the Pink Pepper Phizz its signature smooth, frothy top. Skip it and you're missing the cloud on which the peppercorns sit. You can go for aquafaba for a vegan faux-foam.

Mary Mitkina

Pink Peppercorns

A teaspoon of these little gems adds a peppery pop that's unexpectedly fruity. Leave these out and you lose the 'Pink' in Pink Pepper Phizz. Black pepper can substitute, but it's a whole different ball game.

Alex Green

Soda Water

A topper of soda water brings the bubbles to the party, making your Phizz, well, fizz. It's like a good jazz band: it takes the cocktail from good to great. No soda? You've got a flat tune on your hands. Tonic water could be a bubbly alternative, adding its own quinine twist.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Pink Pepper Phizz Drink

  1. Muddle the pink peppercorns in the bottom of a shaker.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  3. Shake without ice to emulsify the egg white.
  4. Add ice and shake again until well chilled.
  5. Strain into a glass and top with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a few whole pink peppercorns.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail without ice first to properly emulsify the egg white. This will give your cocktail a frothy texture.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Don't skip the garnish! The whole pink peppercorns on top add a nice visual touch and a burst of flavor when you sip the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese board: The fizzy and peppery notes of the cocktail pair beautifully with creamy cheeses like Brie or Goat cheese, providing a refreshing contrast.
  • Cured meats: Think prosciutto or salami, which will complement the herbal gin and the tang of the lemon.

Main Courses

  • Grilled white fish: A delicate fish won't overpower the cocktail's flavors.
  • Lemon-herb chicken: Echoes the lemon in the cocktail while the herbs marry nicely with the botanicals in the gin.


  • Lemon tart: A dessert that mirrors the citrusy sharpness of the drink, creating a cohesive dining experience.
  • Mascarpone-based desserts: The creamy, mild flavor can be a good balance for the spicy kick of the pink peppercorns.

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What you could change in Pink Pepper Phizz

  • If you don't have pink peppercorns, you can use black peppercorns for a slightly different flavor.
  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can increase the amount of simple syrup.
  • For a vegan version, you can use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) in place of the egg white.

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Ginger Pink Pepper Phizz

  • Swap the simple syrup for ginger syrup
  • Add a slice of fresh ginger when muddling the peppercorns The ginger will add a warm, spicy kick that'll dance nicely with the peppery notes, creating a cocktail with a bit more pizazz and a warming sensation that's perfect for a chilly evening.

Pink Pepper Raspberry Phizz

  • Add a handful of fresh raspberries to the shaker
  • Use honey instead of simple syrup The raspberries add a fruity depth and a beautiful color, while honey gives a floral sweetness to the drink. It's like stumbling upon a secret garden in a glass!

Smoky Pepper Phizz

  • Smoke the glass before pouring the cocktail
  • Use mezcal instead of gin By smoking the glass and using mezcal, you introduce a luscious layer of smokiness that intertwines with the spicy and citrus notes, creating a mysterious and intriguing sip that's perfect for those who like to walk on the wild side of the cocktail world.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pink Pepper Phizz

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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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Pink Pepper Phizz

What type of gin is best to use for this cocktail?

This is dependent on individual preferences. However, a dry gin is often recommended for this recipe to complement the sweet and spicy notes.

Can I substitute another citrus for the lemon juice?

Yes, you could substitute lime juice or grapefruit juice. Just be aware, it may slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.

I am not a fan of egg white, can I make this cocktail without it?

Yes, the cocktail can be made without egg white, it will just not have the frothy texture that egg white provides. Alternately, you could try a commercial egg white substitute if you're not averse to that.

What is the best way to store unused pink peppercorns?

Unused pink peppercorns should be stored in a cool, dry place in a tightly sealed container. They should last up to a year.

Can this cocktail be batched for parties?

Yes, just multiply the ingredient amounts by the number of intended servings. When ready to serve, add the soda water individually to each serving to ensure the right amount of fizz.

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