Foghorn Mixed Drink

Foghorn cocktail

The Spruce


  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
208 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 0g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The foghorn is one of the great classic cocktails that New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel made famous. It's a very simple mixed drink that brings gin and ginger beer together. Fans of the vodka-based Moscow mule will find it familiar, though the switch to gin gives it a fascinating taste.

Traditionally made with Old Tom gin, modern interpretations of the foghorn have resorted to a London dry gin like Beefeater. Old Tom is a sweeter gin that pairs wonderfully with a spicy ginger beer. While it was difficult to find outside of the United Kingdom for a number of years, brands like Aviation, Gin Lane, and Hayman's have revived the classic style and increased its availability.

Additionally, the foghorn is sometimes made with ginger ale; lime juice is the only thing that differentiates that choice from a gin buck. If that substitution is based on a dislike for spicy ginger beers, there are mild options and the ginger beer market has expanded significantly in recent years. With the resurgence of both the original gin and the variety of ginger beers, it's an excellent time to revisit this classic and mix it up in its original form.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Foghorn Cocktail Recipe
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  2. Pour the gin and lime juice into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.

    Foghorn Cocktail Recipe
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  3. Stir well.

    Foghorn Cocktail Recipe
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  4. Top with ginger beer (or ginger ale). Stir gently.

    Foghorn Cocktail Recipe
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  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

    Foghorn Cocktail Recipe
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  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Just like the gin and tonic, it's hard to find a gin that doesn't work in the foghorn. Go ahead and pour whatever you like. It's a new experience with each brand and you'll likely find that some pair better with certain ginger beers.
  • The foghorn can also be made as a highball drink by serving it in a tall glass and adding more ginger beer to fill.

Recipe Variations

There are a few other gin highballs that combine gin and soda which you will also want to try:

  • The gin-gin mule is a modern cocktail created by Audrey Saunders. For this one, you'll muddle a lime wedge with mint and syrup, add gin, then top it with ginger beer.
  • The leap frog cocktail is the same as the foghorn but uses lemon instead of lime juice.
  • The gin rickey skips the ginger beverages completely and opts for club soda instead.
  • To make a dragonfly (or Prohibition cocktail), skip the foghorn's lime juice and use champagne instead of the soda.

How Strong Is the Foghorn?

Like most gin and soda drinks, the foghorn is relatively mild when compared to other cocktails. With an 80-proof gin and served as a lowball, this drink has an alcohol content around 14 percent ABV (28 proof). If it's served tall and you double the soda, it becomes a tame 9 percent ABV (18 proof). 

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