Classic Gin Fizz Cocktail

Two glasses of gin fizz cocktail

The Spruce / Emily Baker

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
174 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 36mg 1%
*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 gin fizz is a classic mixed drink that is much like a whiskey fizz. The main difference is in the base spirit. There are a number of other "fizz" cocktails to enjoy; all are very refreshing, easy to mix up, and can take on a different personality depending on the customizations you make.

Nearly identical to the popular Tom Collins, the gin fizz has a very light, sour citrus flavor that allows the gin to shine against the soda's sparkle. The two gin highballs share every ingredient, though the Collins uses a little more lemon juice, and lime is a popular option in the fizz.

The egg white is also a key difference. An authentic gin fizz (sometimes called a silver fizz) should include it, but many drinkers today choose to leave it out. Using the egg white does make a big impact in the fizz, providing a luscious mouthfeel and frothy top that makes an enjoyable drink.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin

  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 1:1 ratio

  • 1 large egg white, optional

  • 2 ounces soda water, or to taste

  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gin fizz
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  2. Pour the gin, lemon or lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white (if using) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Gin, lemon or lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker
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  3. Shake vigorously, about 30 seconds if using the egg white, to ensure it is mixed thoroughly with the other ingredients. For an extra-frothy drink, discard the ice and dry shake for a few more seconds.

    Cocktail shaker
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  4. Strain into a chilled highball glass over fresh ice cubes.

    Strained gin fizz in a highball glass
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  5. Top with soda and garnish with a lemon or lime peel. Serve and enjoy.

    Gin fizz cocktail topped with a lemon peel
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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs poses a risk of foodborne illness.

Tips

  • The gin fizz is an excellent mixed drink when exploring gin brands and will be slightly different with each one you pour. It doesn't have to be top-shelf or any particular style; genever is a classic choice.
  • The choice between lemon and lime juice is a personal one. Try lemon with sweeter gins or those with a lighter juniper profile. Lime is a good choice with drier, juniper-forward options like a classic London dry gin.
  • If you include the egg, do the "sink or float test" to ensure it's fresh. When placed in a glass of water, fresh eggs will sink to the bottom.

Recipe Variations

There are many variations on the gin fizz, and it's often as simple as changing a single ingredient.

  • Replace the simple syrup with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of superfine sugar and shake well.
  • fresh sour mix can replace the citrus juice and simple syrup. Pour about 1 ounce, then adjust to taste on the next round.
  • The royal fizz uses an entire egg rather than the white alone. This will give your drink a foamy top as well as a slightly eggier flavor.
  • For a golden fizz, switch from an egg white to an egg yolk. You'll lose the foam but have a drink with a little more egg flavor.
  • To make a diamond fizz, use sparkling wine instead of soda in the original gin fizz recipe.
  • If you add a dash of green crème de menthe to the gin fizz, you'll have a green fizz.
  • Skip the soda and you have a gin sour.

How Strong Is a Gin Fizz?

Like most tall mixed drinks, the gin fizz is a relatively light cocktail. When made with an 80-proof gin, its alcohol content should be in the 13 percent ABV (26 proof) range, making it the equivalent of drinking a glass of wine.

What Is the Difference Between a Gin Fizz and a Tom Collins?

The gin fizz and the Tom Collins contain the same basic ingredients: gin, lemon juice, simple syrup or sugar, and soda water. The gin fizz is shaken for a fizzy drink and sometimes includes an egg white for more froth. The Tom Collins is stirred and tends to be a taller drink.