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Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz Cocktail is a classic among gin cocktails. It is simple and easy to prepare and has an aromatic-sweet taste. It differs only minimally from the Tom Collins. We will show you the exact differences later. The drink was named one of the “Unforgettables” by the International Bartenders Association. At the latest, this elevated the Gin Fizz to the “Cocktail Olympus” and made it one of the most famous cocktails with gin ever. Prepare the long drink at home now and enjoy the pleasant aroma.

Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl gin
  • 3 cl lemon juice
  • 2 cl sugar syrup
  • Soda water

Step by Step Guide

  1. Pour the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake the cocktail shaker well.
  3. Strain into a highball glass and top up with soda water.
  4. Strain and serve.
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Recipe by Chris

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First, fill a glass with ice cubes so that it is well chilled. Then pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. It is best to measure out the ingredients with a jigger. Now shake it well for about 20 seconds. Then remove the ice from the glass and strain the shaken mixture through a strainer into the long drink glass. You can now fill the glass to the brim with soda water and stir briefly. You can also garnish the drink with a lemon zest and serve it afterwards. Have fun and enjoy!

Bar accessories:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice cubes
  • Jigger
  • Bar strainer
  • Long drink glass

Taste profile of the Gin Fizz


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The Gin Fizz tastes fruity and sour at the same time. Due to the large filling volume and the pleasantly fresh, fruity taste, the drink does not taste strongly alcoholic. The long drink is ideal for gin beginners and scores points for its variety of flavours.

Historical background

The cocktail belongs to the family of fizz cocktails. These were first prepared and drunk around 1850. It is known that the drink originated in New Orleans. In bartending circles, New Orleans is considered the “capital of cocktails”, where one or two world-famous cocktail recipes were invented. A man named Henry C. Ramos is considered the inventor of the Gin Fizz. He first created the drink in a bar around 1888. This bar or saloon later became known as the “most famous gin fizz saloon in the world”. In 1907, Ramos moved his cocktail bar and took his legendary cocktail recipe with him.

The Ramos recipe differs slightly from the recipe we know today. In this recipe, compared to the basic recipe, cream, egg white and orange blossom water were added. This made the drink taste more flowery and smooth. However, it is also said that this long drink took much longer to make than the gin fizz we know today. Some stories speak of up to 5 minutes of shaking before the drink could be served. The inventor’s brother made the secret recipe public at the beginning of Prohibition. To this day, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans holds the rights to the cocktail’s name.

Ginn Fizz Tips

Fresh organic lemons

Use fresh and organic lemons when preparing this cocktail. This makes the drink even more refreshing and tastes even more aromatic.

Prepare the sugar syrup yourself

You can easily prepare sugar syrup yourself. It is much cheaper than bought sugar syrup and tastes at least as good. You can find out exactly how to do this in our blog article: Make your own sugar syrup.

Use high-quality gin

Even if you don’t believe it at first glance, you can clearly taste the gin in the Gin Fizz. Therefore, you should always use a high-quality and aromatic gin when preparing this gin cocktail.

Try something new

You don’t always have to stick to the given recipe when preparing cocktails. If you are a whisky lover, for example, you can also prepare the cocktail with whisky as the base spirit. Just be creative and discover something new!

The difference between Tom Collins and Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz and Tom Collins cocktails are very similar in preparation and taste. What is the difference between the two drinks?

  • Less soda water is added to the Gin Fizz than to the Tom Collins.
  • The Gin Fizz uses London Dry Gin, the Tom Collins uses Old Tom Gin.
  • The gin fizz is served in a smaller glass than the Tom Collins
  • Compared to sours, fizz cocktails are topped up with soda water. Bars like to serve the drink with lemon or lime juice. You can call a Fizz a “topped up with water” version of Sours.

The only true Fizz cocktail?

The gin fizz is the most famous fizz drink. This is probably due to the harmony that results between lemon and soda. Other members of the Fizz family are the Silver Fizz (with egg white), the Golden Fizz (with egg yolk), the Sloe Gin Fizz (with sloe gin instead of dry gin) and the Diamond Fizz (with sparkling wine or champagne instead of soda water). Read more on our Fizz Cocktail page.

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Gin Fizz - FAQ

How do I prepare a Gin Fizz?

To prepare this cocktail, simply add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a shaker and shake well. Then pour the mix into a glass and fill it up with soda water. You can then serve the cocktail and enjoy.

What is a Gin Fizz?

Gin Fizz is one of the most famous gin cocktails. It has a fruity-fresh taste and can be served excellently at cocktail evenings.

Can you prepare the cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can also prepare the drink without alcohol. Simply use non-alcoholic “gin” (such as Siegfried Wonderleaf) and all the other ingredients. You already have an alcohol-free drink that can be drunk by anti-alcoholics and even children.

Who invented the Gin Fizz?

The Gin Fizz belongs to the family of Fizz Cocktails. These are said to have been prepared for the first time as early as 1850. The actual inventor of the Gin Fizz is not known.

What does the Gin Fizz Cocktail taste like?

The mixed drink tastes very refreshing and slightly sweet. It captivates with its very refreshing taste, which can only be imitated by a few cocktails.

What is the difference to the Tom Collins?

The drinks are very similar. However, the Tom Collins is topped up with more soda water and served in a larger glass. In addition, the Rom Collins is made with an Old Tom Gin and the Gin Fizz with a London Dry Gin.

When can you drink the Gin Fizz?

The cocktail is pleasantly cool and incredibly refreshing. It is therefore excellent to drink on hot summer evenings. Due to its easy preparation, however, the drink can also be excellently prepared and enjoyed on cocktail evenings.