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 (see below the recipe).
The Gin Fizz has a very light, sour citrus flavor that allows the gin to shine through. Because of this, I would recommend using a good, quality gin. It doesn't have to be the best gin in 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 I have found that I prefer lime with the really dry London dry gins and lemon with those with those that have a lighter juniper profile.
- 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. Read more about using eggs in cocktails.
- 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.