The Gin Fizz is a classic gin cocktail made with simple syrup, lemon juice, soda water, and, optionally, egg white. It's probably the most famous fizz recipe, a category of drinks that are typically made with soda (hence the name), citrus, and sometimes egg white for texture (its cousin, the Ramos Gin Fizz, is another favorite). It's tart, rich, and has just a bit of bubbles, making it a crowd-pleaser for more than a century.
The first printed recipe for the Gin Fizz (or any fizz, as far as we know) appeared in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas' seminal Bartender's Guide. It was popular throughout much of the 20th century, and has long been associated with the city of New Orleans.
|2 oz gin|
|1 oz lemon juice|
|0.75 oz simple syrup|
|1 oz soda water|
|1 egg white|
Preparation: How to make a Gin Fizz
- Add all ingredients except soda water to an empty cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds or so.
- Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until chilled.
- Add the soda water to a chilled Highball glass.
- Double-strain into the glass and serve.
- (Optional) Add 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters to the egg-white foam on top.