Royal 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 Royal Fizz cocktail is a classic variation of the Gin Fizz, which dates back to the late 19th century. It is believed to have been created by American bartender Jerry Thomas, who is often referred to as the 'father of American mixology'. The Royal Fizz is a popular choice among royalty and high society, as it combines the refreshing qualities of a Gin Fizz with the luxurious addition of egg yolk.

  • The Royal Fizz was a favorite among British royalty, especially during the Victorian era
  • It was often served at prestigious events and gatherings, making it a symbol of elegance and sophistication
  • The cocktail has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks to the growing interest in classic cocktails and mixology

How Royal Fizz Tastes?

The Royal Fizz is a well-balanced cocktail with a creamy, frothy texture. It has a slightly sweet and tangy flavor, with notes of citrus from the lemon juice and a hint of botanicals from the gin. The egg yolk adds a rich, velvety mouthfeel, making it a luxurious and indulgent drink.

Interesting facts about Royal Fizz

  • The Royal Fizz is sometimes referred to as the 'Golden Fizz' due to the addition of egg yolk, which gives it a golden hue
  • The cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass, but can also be presented in a coupe or martini glass for a more elegant presentation
  • The use of egg in cocktails dates back to ancient times, when it was believed to have medicinal properties and was used to cure various ailments


A few good options for Royal Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The gin, at 2oz, is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a botanical, almost herbaceous canvas. Too little gin, you lose the plot; too much, and it's like drinking a pine cone. Don't skip it, or you'll just have lemony eggnog!

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Lemon Juice

At 1oz, it's the perfect amount to add that punch without turning your face inside out. Lemon juice is key for a bright, zesty note, and without it, the cocktail would be flat and rather dull.

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Simple Syrup

Sweetness at 0.5oz balances the tang from the lemon. It's the peacemaker between the gin's botanicals and the lemon's tartness. Skip this, and your tastebuds may go on strike for better working conditions.

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Egg Yolk

This little golden sun gives the cocktail its creamy, luxurious body. Not enough, and the texture won't be as velvety; too much, and you might as well have breakfast. Omitting it loses the 'fizz' in Royal Fizz.

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Soda Water

Top it up to add the 'fizz' and lightness. It's like the cocktail's personal space - without it, everything is just too close for comfort.

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Lemon Twist

The garnish is not just for looks; it adds aroma and a touch of elegant bitterness. It's like the final sprinkle of fairy dust on your concoction.

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Recipe. How to make Royal Fizz Drink

  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg yolk to a cocktail shaker
  2. Dry shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg yolk
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well-chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice
  5. Top with soda water and gently stir to combine
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Dry shake the cocktail first to properly emulsify the egg yolk
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail

Perfect Pairings


  • Oysters: Their briny flavor complements the citrusy tang of the cocktail.
  • Smoked Salmon Canapés: The cocktail's acidity cuts through the fattiness of the salmon.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The gin and lemon pair well with the charred, smoky flavors.
  • Seafood Pasta: A light pasta with a focus on seafood works well with the refreshing nature of a Royal Fizz.


  • Lemon Tart: Echoing the lemon in the drink, a lemon tart would be a delightful pairing.
  • Fresh Berries: Simple and sweet, they cleanse the palate without overpowering the drink's flavors.

Other Drinks

  • Cold Brew Coffee: For a non-alcoholic pairing, the bitterness of coffee can complement the bright flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Royal Fizz

  • Vodka can be used instead of gin for a different flavor profile
  • Lime juice can be substituted for lemon juice if desired
  • If you're out of simple syrup, sugar can be used as a substitute

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Royal Fizz

  • Replace lemon juice with lime juice: Adding a fresh vibe.
  • Add cucumber slices: For a subtle, spa-like twist. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but muddle a few cucumber slices before shaking. The taste will be crisper and more garden-fresh.

Honey Royal Fizz

  • Replace simple syrup with honey syrup: For a rich, floral sweetness. Recipe: Mix equal parts honey and warm water to make syrup, then use in place of simple syrup. You'll find the drink has a more complex sweetness and a fuller mouthfeel.

Berry Royal Fizz

  • Add a handful of mixed berries: To introduce a fruity dimension. Recipe: Muddle berries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Expect a riot of berry flavors that brings a tart and sweet profile to the fizz.

In case you forgot basics how to make Royal 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 Royal Fizz

What is the ideal gin to use for a Royal Fizz cocktail?

You can choose whichever gin you prefer, although a classic London Dry Gin might offer the best flavor.

Is it safe to consume raw egg yolk in a cocktail?

While raw eggs do carry a risk of Salmonella, the risk is relatively low. Make sure to use fresh eggs, keep them refrigerated, and consume the cocktail immediately after preparation to minimize the risk.

What is the purpose of dry shaking a cocktail?

Dry shaking a cocktail helps to emulsify the egg, which gives the cocktail its frothy texture. It's called 'dry' shaking because it's done without ice.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Certainly. You just need to remove the gin from the recipe and add more soda water. Please note, it will change the flavor profile of the cocktail, but it's still a delicious mocktail.

How can I store leftover cocktails?

Due to the inclusion of fresh juices and egg, it's not recommended to store leftover Royal Fizz. It's best consumed fresh.

Can I make Royal Fizz without a cocktail shaker?

Yes, you can use any container with a tight-fitting lid, like a mason jar. However, a shaker is designed to handle the pressure build-up from shaking.

What other cocktails can I make with these ingredients?

With gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, you can make a classic Gimlet or Tom Collins. Adding soda water will get you a Gin Rickey.

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