To make a Gin Fizz cocktail, shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup together with ice, then top with club soda. It’s the most popular cocktail in the “Fizz” family.

2 gin fizzes garnished with lemon slices.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Gin Fizz Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for gin fizz.

Ingredient notes

  • Gin: A distilled spirit flavored with juniper berries and, occasionally, other botanical herbs or spices. 
  • Simple syrup: To make it yourself, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool before adding 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to your cocktail shaker with the other ingredients. Store leftover simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a cocktail shaker add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Fill with ice, then cover and shake until well mixed, about 1 minute.
Mixing a gin fizz in a cocktail glass.
  1. Strain mixture into a chilled rocks glass. Fill glass with ice, then top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.
Straining a gin fizz into a lowball glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: The Gin Fizz is traditionally made in a highball glass, an 8-ounce to 12-ounce glass tumbler such as a Collins glass (we shot ours in a lowball glass just for fun).
  • Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 16 ounces (2 cups) gin, 8 ounces (1 cup) fresh lemon juice, and 6 ounces (¾ cup) simple syrup in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, club soda, and lemon wedges on hand so guests can help themselves.
  • Silver fizz: Add an egg white to the shaker with the gin.
  • Golden fizz: Add an egg yolk to the shaker with the gin.
  • Royal fizz: Add a whole egg to the shaker with the gin.
  • Diamond fizz: AKA a “French 75,” use sparkling wine instead of club soda.
  • Green fizz: Add a dash of creme de menthe to the shaker with the gin.
  • Japanese gin fizz: Add a shot of lychee-flavored liquor to the shaker with the gin.
  • Gimlet: Substitute lime juice from the lemon juice, omit the club soda and serve in a chilled coupe glass garnished with a lime wedge.
2 gin fizzes garnished with lemon slices.

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Gin Fizz

To make a Gin Fizz cocktail, shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup together with ice, then top with club soda. It's the most popular cocktail in the "Fizz" family.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 196

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces gin (¼ cup, see note 1)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice from about ½ lemon (2 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1 ½ tablespoons) or ½ tablespoon powdered sugar (see note 2)
  • club soda for topping
  • 1 slice lemon or lime wedge, for garnish

Instructions 

  • To a cocktail shaker add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Fill with ice, then cover and shake until well mixed, about 1 minute.
  • Strain mixture into a chilled rocks glass. Fill glass with ice, then top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

Notes

  1. Gin: A distilled spirit flavored with juniper berries and, occasionally, other botanical herbs or spices. 
  2. Simple syrup: To make it yourself, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool before adding 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to your cocktail shaker with the other ingredients. Store leftover simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  4. Glassware: The Gin Fizz is traditionally made in a highball glass, an 8-ounce to 12-ounce glass tumbler such as a Collins glass (we shot ours in a lowball glass just for fun).
  5. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 16 ounces (2 cups) gin, 8 ounces (1 cup) fresh lemon juice, and 6 ounces (¾ cup) simple syrup in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, club soda, and lemon wedges on hand so guests can help themselves.
  6. Silver fizz: Add an egg white to the shaker with the gin.
  7. Golden fizz: Add an egg yolk to the shaker with the gin.
  8. Royal fizz: Add a whole egg to the shaker with the gin.
  9. Diamond fizz: AKA a “French 75,” use sparkling wine instead of club soda.
  10. Green fizz: Add a dash of creme de menthe to the shaker with the gin.
  11. Japanese gin fizz: Add a shot of lychee-flavored liquor to the shaker with the gin.
  12. Gimlet: Substitute lime juice from the lemon juice, omit the club soda and serve in a chilled coupe glass garnished with a lime wedge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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