Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Are you looking for a refreshing cocktail that will put some fizz in your step? Look no further than the lemony gin fizz! According to food Blogger Ksenia Prints of At the Immigrant's Table, this classic drink has been a mainstay in the cocktail world since the 18th century. First developed to get sailors and their contemporaries to consume more citrus to fight off scurvy, the drink quickly had many spin-offs and admirers.

Made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water, this cocktail strikes the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a delightful effervescence that makes it a perfect choice for any occasion. The classic fizz top is achieved from egg whites, but you can also make it without if raw eggs aren't your thing.

With its simple yet sophisticated ingredients, the gin fizz is a breeze to make at home, ensuring that you can enjoy a perfectly crafted cocktail without ever having to leave your own kitchen. Whether you're lounging poolside, hosting a dinner party, or just looking to add a little sparkle to your evening, it's the ideal cocktail for anyone looking to imbibe in style.

Gather the ingredients for the classic gin fizz

To create a perfectly balanced gin fizz cocktail, you will need a gin you like, lemon juice, simple syrup, an egg white, and some club soda. Be sure to use good quality gin and fresh lemon juice to ensure the best flavor.

Add ingredients to shaker

Once you have everything you need, carefully measure out each ingredient and pour them into a cocktail shaker.

Dry shake

Once all of the ingredients are in the shaker, give it a vigorous dry-shake without ice for around 15 seconds. This will help to emulsify the egg white and create the foamy consistency that is crucial to a good gin fizz.

Regarding the length of the shake, expert bartenders say that the longer you shake the gin fizz, the better its "head" will be — so use it as a chance to work out your biceps.

Shake with ice

After the initial dry-shake, it's time to add ice to the shaker to bring the temperature down and dilute the cocktail to the perfect strength. Typically, adding three or four ice cubes to the shaker is enough to chill the drink to perfection. Give the shaker a vigorous shake again for about 15-30 seconds, making sure that all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly and the ice is well distributed throughout the cocktail.

This step is crucial to achieving a refreshing and well-balanced drink, as the ice helps to bring all of the flavors together and dilute the strong alcoholic taste of the gin.

Top with soda

To complete the gin fizz cocktail, strain the mixture into a highball glass. This step ensures that any small ice chips or bits of egg white are filtered out of the drink, resulting in a smooth and velvety texture. Top off the cocktail with club soda, which adds a crisp and effervescent finish to the drink. This not only enhances the taste of the cocktail but also makes it a refreshing choice for a hot summer day.

Serve the gin fizz with lemon shavings

You can serve the gin fizz as it is as soon as you top it with soda. For added flair, we recommend garnishing the drink with a lemon shaving, lemon curl or a simple slice of lemon to give it an extra burst of flavor and aroma. Now sit back, sip your fizzy creation, and enjoy!

Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe
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This gin fizz cocktail features a refreshing lemon flavor and a foamy head.
Prep Time
Cook Time
drink with lemon shavings and lemon halves
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 ounces club soda
Optional Ingredients
  • lemon shavings, for garnish
  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white to a shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously without ice for around 15-25 seconds.
  3. Next, add ice cubes to the shaker and shake again until the cocktail is well-chilled, for another 15-30 seconds.
  4. Finally, strain the cocktail into a highball glass and top it with club soda to finish it off.
  5. Garnish with lemon shavings and serve.
Calories per Serving 226
Total Fat 0.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.7 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 16.5 g
Sodium 69.5 mg
Protein 3.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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