The Gin Fizz is a classic mixed drink that is much like a Whiskey Fizz, the main difference is found in the base spirit used. These two drinks are not alone as a number have taken the 'fizz' name over the years.
The Gin Fizz has a very light, sour citrus flavor that allows the gin to shine through. Because of this, using a good, quality gin is recommended. It doesn't have to be the best gin in the house, though it's important to be aware that there is little in the drink to mask a cheap gin's undesirable notes.
You have options when making this drink:
- Instead of the juice and sugar, you can use either juice and simple syrup or a fresh sour mix.
- The choice between lemon and lime is a personal one, though lime with the really dry London dry gins and lemon with those that have a lighter juniper profile seem to pair well together.
- An egg is often used in a Gin Fizz and some of the variations below switch up the portion of the egg used. Though it is optional, an egg white Gin Fizz (sometimes called a Silver Fizz) is just a little bit better and more interesting than one made without it (which makes the drink, essentially, a Gin Rickey). Try this one with an egg and see what you think.
- Pour the gin, juice, sugar, and egg white into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously. More than usual if using the egg white to ensure it is mixed thoroughly with the other ingredients.
- Strain into a chilled highball glass with ice cubes.
- Top off with soda water.
- Garnish with a cherry.
Variations on the Gin Fizz
- Royal Fizz - add an entire egg
- Golden Fizz - add an egg yolk
- Silver Fizz - add an egg white
More Fizz Cocktails
'Fizz' can be used to name almost any carbonated drink, but these particular recipes use the name and are great variations to this classic mixed drink.