The classic Gin Fizz is a refreshing shaken Gin sour cocktail with a slightly bitter note. The cocktail recipe, which is well over a century old, was chosen by the International Bartenders Association as “an Unforgettable” and is therefore one of the most legendary cocktails in the world.
How Gin Fizz is made is simple. You shake gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with ice in a shaker. Then pour it on ice in a tumbler or a glass of a similar size, and top it off with soda. The addition of soda water is simply a matter of making the sour a little fresher and lighter. But that doesn’t make it a long drink.
Classic Gin Fizz Recipe
- 50 ml gin
- 30 ml fresh lemon juice
- 20 ml sugar syrup
- 100 ml soda
- ice cubes
- Put the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and a few ice cubes together in the shaker.
- Shake very well, as this is the only way to create the frothy crown of gin fizz. You don’t have to be afraid of watering down the drink, as it will later be filled with soda water anyway.
- Then strain into a long drink glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top up with soda.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge or something else that suits the gin’s taste.
Tips to make the best Gin Fizz
If you do not have soda water at hand, then make sure that you replace it with mineral water that has a high sodium content. Such water comes closest to soda water and best suits the taste of gin fizz.
Mineral water or soda should be strongly carbonated. Then the drink tastes particularly refreshing.
Use lemon juice that is freshly squeezed, simply because it tastes best when fresh. As a rule, one lemon is enough for at least 30ml lemon juice. Ready-made lemon juice is often artificially sweetened and preserved, which unfortunately you can also taste. As a result, the taste of the gin will be somewhat lost on top of the unnatural lemon flavor.
You don’t actually have to buy sugar syrup. It is very quick and easy to make. Simply boil a mixture of sugar and water until it has reduced to syrupy consistency.
Tom Collins vs Gin Fizz
Sometimes people tend to confuse between Gin Fizz and Tom Collins. Although similar, they are not the same cocktail.
In contrast to Tom Collins, the gin fizz is shaken and not stirred. Another difference is that Tom Collins contains larger amounts of soda water Therefore it is a long drink and significantly lighter in comparison.
On top of that, in most cases Tom Collins is made directly in the glass instead of being shaken. A good Collins is also a fine drink. But the shaken and slightly fizzy Gin Fizz packs a solid punch in terms of taste. In the end, it is a matter of what suits your taste.
Gin fizz: a legend for 150 years
The Gin Fizz is the best-known representative from the Fizz family of cocktails. It was first made in the middle of the 19th century.
Back then, it was enjoyed as a kind of alcoholic lemonade and was used as an aperitif. As a popular refreshing drink, it was first mentioned in a book for bartenders around 1862.
The author of “The Bartender’s Guide” was the American bartender Jerry P. Thomas. He mainly worked in various bars in New York, some of which he owned. Thomas, born in 1830, is considered the “forefather of American mix art” and traveled throughout the United States with his knowledge. He was known not only for his good cocktails, but also for his exciting mixing techniques, which gave the audience a unique show. Through him, the creative craftsmanship of cocktail mixing became known and the profession of professional bartenders was established.
In his prime, Jerry P. Thomas had better weekly wages than the then Vice President of the United States. His work ensured the spread of gin fizz in the bars.
Which gins go best with Gin Fizz?
Whitley Neill Gin
The Whitley Neill Gin does an excellent job in gin fizz. Towards the finish the characteristic pepper notes of the gin come into play and give the cocktail a pleasant note of its own.
>> Whitley Neil Original Gin Review
Adler Berlin Dry Gin
This gin is made for gin fizz. Its characteristic citrus notes combine perfectly with freshly squeezed lemon juice and give the entire cocktail its own special notes. A combination that you should definitely try!
Tanqueray No. Ten
The premium version from the traditional Tanqueray house also convinces in gin fizz. The characteristic notes of the gin emerge harmoniously in the end. If you like this gin, you should definitely try it in gin fizz. Highly recommended!
>> Tanqueray No. Ten Review
The combination of lemon and the Sipsmith gin develops a certain sweetness towards the finish, that is reminiscent of caramel. This gives the drink a unique note. >> Sipsmith review
The flavors of rosemary and thyme in this gin from Spain lend the refreshing gin fizz another interesting note.
Due to the flowery, sweet character of the geranium gin, you would not have expected it to be suitable for gin fizz. On the contrary Geranium gin does make a refreshing gin fizz. Unfortunately, the aromas of gin do not come through.
Rutte Celery Gin
Rutte Celery is meant for lovers of gin with subtle herbal notes. The unique celery notes from the gin pair perfectly with the fresh notes of the gin fizz cocktail.
Anyone who appreciates their gin fizz with light pepper notes on the finish will surely get a delicious drink with the Japanese Roku Gin.
Gins that DO NOT suit Gin Fizz
A good gin fizz, but has no oomph. The gin does not elevate the cocktail to new heights that many other gins do far better.
The Beefeater 24 is simply lost in the Gin Fizz. It is extremely difficult to taste any notes of the gin. This makes the premium version from Beefeater too expensive for use in making gin fizz.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
This gin makes a gin fizz as it should be, refreshing and balanced. But the gin’s own character is somewhat lacking. You should chose from the myriad other gins that suit this cocktail far better.
Tanqueray London Dry Gin
The Tanqueray gin shows once again its great mixing ability in cocktails. A solid, refreshing gin fizz that tastes good. However, the gin’s own flavors are overpowered but the lemon.
>> Tanqueray London Dry Gin Review
This gin gets to show off its floral taste and smell in the cocktail. A well balanced taste accompanied by a light and elegant sweetness. However, the gin fizz loses its refreshing character too much.
Beefeater London Dry Gin
A refreshing gin fizz, but especially in the finish, the Beefeater lacks that extra bit to making this a convincing cocktail.
>> Beefeater London Dry Gin
A simple combination for a gin fizz, with the other ingredients in the foreground. The gin itself is not tasty and not worthy of attention.
feel! Munich Dry Gin
This gin emphasizes the sweet aspects of gin fizz particularly intensely. It also brings out the complexity of the gin to the fore. However, the refreshing element of the cocktail is lost. You should definitely work with a little less sugar syrup with this gin.
Tann’s Gin is not good for gin fizz. An earthy aroma develops, causing the cocktail to lose its freshness and spice completely. Accordingly, not a combination that you should try.
Gilpin’s Extra Dry Gin
Coriander is particularly strong in this combination of aromas. The flavors therefore quickly appear to be alcohol-like, and the liveliness is lost, which is what makes the gin unsuitable for gin fizz.
Variations of Gin Fizz
There are many gin-fizz combinations that come through particularly well. We also a number of variations of gin fizz that have arisen over time. Here are a few:
A gin fizz with a hint of mint and some sea salt. This is how you get to know completely new sides of the beloved Gin Fizz!
Sloe Gin Fizz
An elegant variant of the gin fizz, especially with gins with less intense juniper flavors. With the addition of Sloe Gin, the Sloe Gin Fizz takes on special sloe flavors that fit more into the liqueur corner.
Gin fizz with more soda water makes a Tom Collins. This cocktail is stirred not shaken. Recommendation for purists – only sweetened gin variety should be used to make Tom Collins.
Silver Gin Fizz
Another variant of the Gin Fizz with egg whites in the recipe. This makes the consistency significantly fuller and creamier.
The following cocktails go in a similar direction as the Gin Fizz.
Gin Gin Mule
Also a refreshing cocktail and, above all, similar to gin fizz. Simply add ginger beer and mint to the gin fizz for an interesting flavor enhancement. A must for cocktail lovers! >> View recipe
Gin Sour is an good alternative, especially for lovers of the combination of gin and some fresh lemon juice. The drink comes without ice, so melting ice cannot dilute the taste.