Foghorn Recipe: Where Gin and Ginger Beer Meet

Foghorn cocktail

The Spruce


Ratings (42)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
208 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The foghorn is one of the great classic cocktails that the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City made famous. Traditionally made with Old Tom gin, modern interpretations have resorted to a London dry gin like Beefeater.

The foghorn is incredibly easy and it's highly recommended to try it in the original style with Old Tom and ginger beer, as it is quite fascinating. Yet, all the options for this drink (Old Tom vs. London Dry and ginger beer vs. ginger ale) are very refreshing.

This drink is similar to a gin buck and when the foghorn is made with ginger ale, the lime juice is the only difference between the two drinks. The ginger beer is an exclusive option for the foghorn. Yet, no matter how you take it, there's no denying that the foghorn is a great happy hour drink.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the gin and lime juice into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.

  2. Top with ginger beer or ginger ale.

  3. Stir gently.

  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and stir stick.

The foghorn can also be made as a highball drink by serving it in a tall glass.

Which Gin Should You Choose?

There are many great bottles of gin in the world and the foghorn is a perfect drink for almost any gin you have in stock. 

London dry gin will still be the most popular and that is where the popular brands like Beefeater and Tanqueray come in. If you'd like to save a little money, Gordon's is always a great choice among the budget-friendly options.

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.

More Obscure Gin Highballs

Admittedly, the foghorn is not the best-known mixed drink. It is a fun one, though, especially if you're a Moscow mule fan and want something just a little bit different.

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

  • Gin-Gin Mule: Muddle a lime wedge with mint and syrup, add gin, then top with ginger beer. This is a modern cocktail created by Audrey Saunders.
  • Dragonfly (or Prohibition Cocktail): Skip the Foghorn's lime juice and use champagne instead of the soda.
  • Leap Frog: Same as the Foghorn but uses lemon instead of lime juice.

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).