Food & Drink

Gin Fizz

The mixed drink known as a Fizz includes carbonated water and lemon or lime juice, or another type of acidic juice. A Fizz is based on the type of older cocktails known as Sours. Among the different Fizz cocktail drinks, a Gin Fizz is the most popular one. It is served in a tumbler on ice, and contains gin, sugar, carbonated water and lemon juice.

The 1887 version of Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide included six Fizz recipes. This was the first time that ‘fiz’ was referred to in print. Between 1900 and the end of the 1940’s, the Fizz became very well known, especially in New Orleans. The drink became a so favorite in the city’s bars that groups of bartenders were hired in order to shake the cocktails. By 1950, Fizz demand became international and recipes were included in that year’s publication of L’Art Culinaire Francais.

Classic Gin Fizz

The Classic Gin Fizz is very similar to a Whiskey Fizz, except for the type of spirit used. And there are many more mixed drinks that have taken on the label of Fizz throughout the years. Fizz drinks that use gin offer a light but sour citrus taste in order for the gin flavor to be emphasized.





2 ounces

Lemon or lime juice

½ ounce

Sugar (superfine)

½ tbsp.


Cocktail shaker-full

Egg white (optional)


Soda water

Top off

Maraschino cherry


Time & Yield

Total Time

3 minutes


1 cocktail


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the gin, sugar, juice and egg white (optional).

  2. Vigorously shake the mixture, especially if an egg white is being used.

  3. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes, and strain the mixture into the glass.

  4. Top the glass off with soda water.

  5. Add a cherry for garnish.

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