Gin Fizz

Simon Difford calls the Gin Fizz the cocktail that everyone has heard of, but nobody has tried. But skipping the Gin Fizz and opting for the easier, more popular G&T is to miss out on one of the finest beverages from the very beginnings of cocktail history.

The e Fizz family of cocktails is a freestyle group of drinks made with base spirit, citrus, sugar and soda. They first appear in Jerry Thomas’s 1887 Bartender’s Guide, and it is a lot like an unstirred Collins without the bitters (or a French 75 with the champers swapped for soda).

The Gin Fiz in Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide, 1887

Sadly, the drink is now missing from most cocktail menus. Even those folk who profess to love gin have never tried one – and yet they are so easy to make at home.

Go on, treat yourself to a Fizz.

Gin Fizz

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Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 45ml gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 10ml simple syrup
  • 80ml soda water



Shake the first three ingredients with ice.


Tip the whole lot (with the ice) into an Old Fashioned or a small Collins (8oz glass).


Top with soda, stir gently and garnish with a lemon twist.


Simple syrup is made by heating 1:1 v/v caster sugar and water until dissolved. Bottle and chill.

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