Rum 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 Rum Fizz is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It is a variation of the popular Gin Fizz, substituting rum for gin. The Rum Fizz gained popularity in the United States during Prohibition, as rum was more readily available than other spirits. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for warm weather and tropical settings, making it a favorite among beachgoers and vacationers.

  • Origin: 19th century
  • Popularity: United States during Prohibition
  • Ideal for: Warm weather, tropical settings

How Rum Fizz Tastes?

The Rum Fizz is a refreshing, light, and slightly sweet cocktail with a hint of citrus. The combination of rum, lemon juice, and sugar creates a balanced and invigorating flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Rum Fizz

  • The Rum Fizz is a variation of the Gin Fizz, which is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century.
  • The Rum Fizz gained popularity in the United States during Prohibition, as rum was more readily available than other spirits.
  • This cocktail is perfect for warm weather and tropical settings, making it a favorite among beachgoers and vacationers.


White Rum

Using 2oz of white rum provides a robust base without overpowering the other flavors. White rum is chosen for its clean, light flavor which allows the citrus to shine through. If you skimp on the rum, you won't feel the warmth of the alcohol, but too much and you'll drown out the fizz and citrus. As for alternatives, dark rum can add a richer, molasses note, but it might overwhelm the delicate balance.

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Lemon Juice

1oz of lemon juice is just enough to give a zesty kick. This citrus element is crucial for the signature sourness, which pairs so delightfully with the sweetness of the syrup. Leave it out and you'll lose the cocktail's zing. Lime juice could step in if lemons have rolled away from your pantry, giving a slightly different but equally refreshing tang.

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Simple Syrup

A modest 0.5oz of simple syrup sweetens the deal. It balances the tartness of the lemon without turning your cocktail into a sugary children's drink. Less and you might pucker up more than you'd like; more and you'll mask the spirit's subtleties. Honey syrup could be a worthy substitute, adding a floral sweetness that would complement the rum nicely.

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Soda Water

Fizz comes into 'Rum Fizz' with 2oz of soda water. It's the effervescence that provides a refreshing lift - the cocktail's exclamation point! No soda water equals a flat experience. Tonic water could offer a quinine twist, but beware the extra bitterness could require a counterbalance.

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Egg White

An egg white works behind the scenes to add a silky mouthfeel and a foamy cap. Without it, you'd miss the luxurious texture that contrasts so beautifully with the crisp effervescence. Vegan? No problem. Aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas) can do the job almost without clucking the difference.

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Lemon Wheel

The lemon wheel garnish is not just for looks; it provides an aromatic preview of the citrus notes within the drink. No lemon wheel, and you're left with a less inviting first impression. A sprig of mint could be an alternative garnish, offering a fresh aroma that hints at a garden of delights.

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Recipe. How to make Rum Fizz Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the white rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  2. Shake vigorously without ice for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg white.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for another 10-15 seconds to chill the mixture.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with soda water and gently stir to combine.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to properly emulsify the egg white, this will give your cocktail a smooth, frothy texture.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep your cocktail cooler for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers to Complement a Rum Fizz Cocktail

  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes, such as shrimp cocktail or calamari, pair wonderfully with the acidity of the lemon juice and the crispness of the soda water.
  • Cheese platters: A selection of mild cheeses, with crackers and fruit, complements the cocktail's balance of sweet and sour.
  • Fresh salads: Opt for salads with citrus dressings to echo the cocktail's zesty lemon flavor.

Meal Pairings

  • Grilled chicken or fish: The simplicity of grilled meats balances well with the complexity of the Rum Fizz.
  • Stir-fried vegetables: Crisp veggies with a hint of sweetness will enhance the refreshing qualities of the cocktail.


  • Lemon-based desserts: A lemon tart or lemon meringue pie accentuates the citrus profile of the drink.
  • Vanilla ice cream: The creaminess pairs well with the frothy texture provided by the egg white.

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What you could change in Rum Fizz

  • You can substitute the white rum with dark rum for a deeper flavor.
  • If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving sugar in equal parts hot water.
  • Lime juice can be used in place of lemon juice for a different citrus twist.

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Coconut Rum Fizz

  • Ingredients: Replace white rum with coconut rum, adding a tropical twist.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but with coconut rum.
  • Taste: You will find a sweet, creamy flavor blending with the citrus notes.

Berry Rum Fizz

  • Ingredients: Add a handful of muddled berries before shaking.
  • Recipe: Muddle berries in the shaker, then follow the original steps.
  • Taste: The berries will contribute a fruity burst, making the cocktail more summery and colorful.

Spicy Ginger Rum Fizz

  • Ingredients: Include 0.5oz ginger syrup and a small piece of fresh ginger.
  • Recipe: Muddle the ginger first, add the rest of the ingredients, excluding the egg white. After shaking, strain into a glass and then add the egg white on top.
  • Taste: Expect a spicy kick that will play off the rum's sweetness and lemon's tartness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Rum 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 Rum Fizz

What kind of rum works best for a Rum Fizz?

Most classic recipes call for a white rum. However, feel free to explore with spiced rum or aged rum for a different flavor.

Can I make a Rum Fizz without egg white?

Yes, you can skip the egg white, but be aware that it won't have the same frothy texture.

Can I use something else instead of soda water?

Yes, while soda water is traditional, you can also replace it with other sparkling waters or club soda.

What is the best time to enjoy Rum Fizz?

Rum Fizz is a refreshing cocktail, making it perfect for afternoon or early evening, especially in warm weather.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Rum Fizz?

Yes, you can replace rum with non-alcoholic substitutes, like rum extract or apple juice. However, the taste will differ significantly from the classic version.

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