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A gin fizz cocktail in glass with a lemon.

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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 196kcal


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


  • 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.


  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 (3/4 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.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg