The gin fizz is a lighter and sweeter take on the classic sours recipes that early cocktails were born from. It starts with a gin sour base of gin and lemon, then sweetness (sugar syrup) and soda water are added, leading to something that is dangerously drinkable. If you don't usually like gin or find the usual tonic pairing too bitter, give this a go.
It is easily confused with the Tom Collins – another fizzy gin lemonade – but should anyone ask the difference is in the gin. A Tom Collins uses old Tom gin which is a sweeter variety, whereas a gin fizz gets its sweetness from the addition of sugar syrup. Another difference is that a gin fizz tends to be a shorter serve with no ice, whereas a Tom Collins is usually a long drink with lots of ice and designed to be sipped.
But enough on the history. Read on to learn how to make a gin fizz, then check out our other cocktail recipes for more happy hours at home.
How to make a gin fizz
Master of Malt have shared this classic gin fizz recipe with us. They have used Hernö gin from Sweden which is said to have notes of pine, vanilla, sweet juniper and spicy coriander, but you can use any gin you like.
Gin fizz is not usually served over ice – this one is for slurping not sipping! Just use ice to cool it before pouring into your glass. Our recipe includes egg white which can be omitted. Although it does add a lovely foam for presentation, the International Bartenders Association does not call for it, and many would call this a silver fizz instead.
- 50ml gin
- 20ml freshly squeezed lemon
- 20ml sugar syrup
- 20ml egg white
- 50ml soda water
1. Put the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake without ice for a few seconds, then add ice and shake again until well mixed, frothy and cool.
3. Add the soda water to the shaker (we use 50ml but you can top up with more if you want it a bit weaker) then strain into a glass. Our measure works well in a small tumbler, but if you wanted a long drink use a hi-ball.
4. Garnish with a lemon wedge to serve.
Tip: Swap the soda water for tonic to make this a gin fizz tonic, if you prefer. Or make it a royal gin fizz with sparkling wine instead of soda water (and no egg).