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)
272 Calories
1g Fat
24g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 9g
Calcium 48mg 4%
*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. They are not alone and 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 recipe 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 equally enjoyable drink.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

    Gin, lemon 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.

    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 peel.

    Gin fizz cocktail topped with a lemon peel
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

    Two gin fizz cocktails with lemon garnish
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Raw Egg Warning

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


  • The gin fizz is an excellent mixed drink to use 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.