Created on August 8, 2023

The Gin Fizz is more than just a cocktail; it’s a dance of flavors in a glass. Hailing from the category of "fizz" cocktails, this effervescent delight has been tickling palates since the 19th century.

Some might recognize it by its cousin’s name, the "Ramos Gin Fizz", but here we'll focus on the classic.

Foamy, fizzy Gin Fizz in a tall glass filled with ice, and a lemon garnish.


  • 2 Ounces Gin
  • ¾ Ounce Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • Soda Water (to top)
  • 1 Lemon Twist (garnish)


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white to a shaker without ice.
  2. Dry shake (shake without ice) vigorously for about 15 seconds to create a strong foam layer.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake again for about 15 seconds, or until chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with the soda water.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist, and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Serve Immediately: The Gin Fizz is best enjoyed right after making it. The freshness from the soda water and the chilled ingredients provide a refreshing experience that diminishes as it sits.

  • Simple Syrup: If you find the drink too sweet or not sweet enough, you can adjust the amount of simple syrup. Making your own simple syrup at home (a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water) can provide better flavor control.

  • Soda Water: When topping off with club soda or soda water, pour it gently down a bar spoon to retain maximum carbonation.

  • Egg White: This provides a great foamy layer on top of the drink, but isn't absolutely necessary. If you don't use it, there's no need for the initial dry shake.

What's In A Gin Fizz?

A Gin Fizz is a bubbly blend of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and soda water:

  • Gin: Provides the foundational spirit with piney and botanical notes.

  • Lemon Juice: Adds a zesty tang. As always, use fresh lemon juice for the best results.

  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens and balances the tartness.

  • Soda Water: Elevates the drink with its bubbly freshness, and helps take the edge off the other flavors by diluting the drink.

Best Gin For A Gin Fizz

A London Dry Gin works wonders for a Gin Fizz due to its clear, crisp, and botanical profile. For a perfect Gin Fizz, consider using Tanqueray. Its robust juniper essence and aromatic botanicals harmonize with the drink's other ingredients.


The Gin Fizz traces its roots back to the 19th century. The "fizz" part refers to a category of cocktails which are characterized by their effervescent bubbles, typically from the addition of carbonated water. The Gin Fizz, as the name suggests, is the gin-based member of this family.

New Orleans and the Ramos Gin Fizz

While the basic Gin Fizz was popular in various parts of the U.S., it was in New Orleans that the drink gained iconic status. In 1888, bartender Henry C. Ramos introduced the "Ramos Gin Fizz" at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon.

This version added egg white, cream, and orange flower water to the basic recipe, creating a rich, velvety, and aromatic variation of the drink.

The Ramos Gin Fizz became so popular that during the Mardi Gras celebrations, Ramos reportedly had to employ a relay team of "shaker boys" to continuously prepare the drink for the eager crowd.

Golden Age of Cocktails

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw a boom in cocktail culture, and the Gin Fizz firmly secured its place in the pantheon of classic drinks. Its light and refreshing nature made it especially popular during warm weather.

Modern-Day Popularity

Today, the Gin Fizz, in its various forms, remains a beloved drink. Modern mixologists, inspired by the cocktail’s history, often give it contemporary twists, experimenting with new ingredients and techniques.

Still, the classic version retains its charm and is a testament to the timeless appeal of well-balanced ingredients and flavors.


What Does A Gin Fizz Taste Like?

A Gin Fizz boasts a harmonious blend of tangy, sweet, and effervescent notes. The gin offers a piney backbone while the lemon juice delivers a fresh citrus burst. The simple syrup sweetens the mix, with the club soda ensuring a bubbly finish.

How Is A Gin Fizz Different From A Tom Collins?

Both drinks share similarities, but a Tom Collins typically uses more lemon juice and is served in a taller glass. The Gin Fizz has a more balanced lemon profile and a pronounced fizziness.

Why Shake The Gin Fizz Before Adding Soda?

Shaking integrates the ingredients, ensuring a consistent flavor and chill. Adding soda post-shake preserves its fizziness, making every sip fizzy and refreshing.