Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

By Timo Torner / Last updated on January 16, 2023

First published on September 28, 2021 

The Gin Fizz is a classic cocktail made of Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and ice-cold soda water. A delightfully refreshing and bubbly Gin cocktail.

The Gin Fizz, like all Fizz cocktails, is closely related to Sour cocktails and Collins cocktails. Basically, you only have to add a splash of bubbly soda water to a Sour to get yourself a refreshing Fizz. The drink is also similar to a Tom or John Collins. Still, there are some small but noteworthy differences which. But first, let's look at the Gin Fizz cocktail in general.

Ingredients of the Gin Fizz

The classic Gin Fizz obviously features Gin as a base spirit. The other ingredients are fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water, and -if you like- egg white.

Which Gin?

The Gin Fizz is a fantastic cocktail to experiment with the different types of Gin. Since a Fizz has basically no component that could clash with the flavors in the base alcohol, almost everything works. From traditional Dry and London Dry Gins to more modern New Western Gins, floral or fruity versions.

If you want a recommendation, my current favorite for a Gin Fizz cocktail is Bobby's Gin. It's a Gin with an exotic touch, distilled by an expert Genever producer.

Gin Fizz no egg white

Lemon juice

Lemon juice plays a big role in cocktails. And to get the perfect Gin Fizz, it's absolutely crucial to use freshly squeezed juice. No pre-bottled store-bought version can possibly deliver on that zesty, tangy punch from fresh lemons.

You can also consider letting your fresh lemon juice age for a short while. Sounds contradictory? It's not. 

Aging lemon juice means squeezing your lemon and letting the fresh juice sit for 4-10 hours. Due to a biochemical reaction, it will lose some of its bite. You want to know why? Read this article about lemon juice in cocktails.  

Syrup

The standard option for a Gin Fizz is regular simple syrup. However, this drink is perfectly suited for flavored syrups, as well. They can add some beautiful subtle fruitiness or a floral aroma that can go perfectly with a floral Gin. 

And flavored syrups can also alter the visual appearance of your Gin Fizz. For instance, with homemade hibiscus syrup, you can turn it pink. And if you want more inspiration, head to our section about homemade syrups for cocktails.

Soda water

There's not a lot that can go wrong with soda water. Just make sure to use a bottle that's not been open for a couple of days already. You want some decent carbonation for a great Gin Fizz.

Egg white in your Gin Fizz?

The egg white adds texture to the drink. Not only the frothy top but the whole cocktail obtains a smooth mouthfeel. However, it is purely optional.

Nowadays, the Gin Fizz often comes without the egg white component. Some people just don't like the idea of raw egg white in a drink. Yet, I prefer my Fizz with the foamy top. 

To get the perfect texture, you have to perform a dry shake. That's shaking your drink without ice and then with ice - or the other way around. That helps create foamy air bubbles in the egg white.

Gin Fizz with egg white

If you're reluctant to use egg, perhaps out of health concerns, let me tell you that egg white in a sour cocktail is harmless. 

The alcohol kills most bacteria and the lemon juice is also "cooking" the egg white. Similar to preparing ceviche with raw fish and lime.

If you're vegan or don't want or cannot to consume eggs for other reasons, there's a perfect alternative called Aquafaba.

Difference between Gin Fizz and Tom Collins

The main difference is that a Tom Collins is always served without egg white, whereas the Gin Fizz often has a foamy egg white top. And the preparation is different, as well:

For one, the ratios are different; the Fizz contains more lemon and less soda. Also, the Gin Fizz needs to be shaken while the Tom Collins can be prepared in the glass.

Another distinction is the garnish. A Gin Fizz comes with no garnish or just a lemon twist or wheel, while a classic Tom Collins usually features a cocktail cherry. -Details that make the difference.

History

The first time ever that a Gin Fizz recipe got printed was in the famous cocktail book of Jerry Thomas - The Bartenders Guide. That was back in 1876, a starting point for the Fizz cocktails. 

It took a few years until the cocktail gained traction. But in the early 1900s, the Gin Fizz cocktail became more and more popular.

Traditionally the Gin Fizz was served in a small glass without ice. The egg white in the mix was the primary difference from the Tom Collins cocktail, also published in the same book. The -for the time- unusual, new, and refreshing blend also led to many other closely related recipes.

Other related cocktails

I mentioned the Tom Collins cocktail quite often already, but there's more, of course. Due to the popularity of the Gin Fizz, other famous classics like the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Sloe Gin Fizz evolved.

The Ramos Gin Fizz adds heavy cream and orange flower water. And the Sloe Gin Fizz replaces regular Gin with Sloe Gin. A very particular, usually low ABV version of Gin made with Sloe berries.

Gin Fizz cocktail on table

Gin Fizz

A delicious classic Gin cocktail. Sour, refreshing, and with a frothy top.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg white, Fizz, Gin, lemon juice, soda water
Servings: 1
Calories: 267kcal
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 oz Cold soda water

Instructions

  • Pour Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white into your cocktail shaker and shake without ice for 15 seconds (dry shake).
    2 oz Gin, 1 oz Fresh lemon juice, 0.75 oz Simple syrup, 1 Egg white
  • Open the shaker, add ice to the mix, and shake again for a few seconds.
  • Strain into a Highball glass over ice and carefully fill up the glass with ice-cold soda water.
    1 oz Cold soda water

Nutrition

Serving: 5.25oz | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 129mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.15mg
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