THE GIN FIZZ - Classic Cocktails as Modern Martinis


There are groups of cocktails such as Collins, Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips and Fizzes. The Gin Fizz is probably one of the most ordered and popular of the fizz category, being a simple mix of gin, lemon juice, sugar and some carbonated liquid (club soda).

A Fizz is basically a sour with some fizzy topper added to the mix and is classically served in a tall Collins glass. Here we use a martin glass and just less of the soda, making it a more powerful drink - as martinis usually are!

This was a very popular in the fifties and early sixties and is very much like a Tom Collins which uses Old Tom Gin, a sweetened version of London Dry Gin. The Gin Fizz is usually garnished with a Maraschino cherry and a slice or twist of of lemon but you can always have some fun and add a little "fizz" of your own with a candied lemon slice, a cherry flavored candy or even lemon drops!


  1. Your Gin Fizz turned modern looks sensational! I remember getting a Ramos Gin Fizz back in the good old days and it was a creamy, calorie-laden gut bomb. Of course, I LOVED it! But this one will suit me just fine in my older and wiser days. Thank you, Ms. Martini Divi, for another great recipe!

  2. Eileen - Yes, a Ramos Fizz can be calorie laden as it has the additional ingredients of an egg white and cream added to it. I'll be doing that recipe this coming week or the next.

    BTW, you can now buy pasteurized egg whites in upscale groceries and even liquor stores which avoid the issue of salmonella from fresh egg whites.

  3. Great variation of this drink! Gin Fizz is wonderful, thanks for posting.. it was a great read. My personal recipe of choice looks a little like this:

    2 PARTS Beefeater Gin

    1 PART Double cream

    1 Egg white

    1/2 PART Sugar syrup

    1/2 PART Lemon juice

    1/2 PART Lime juice

    3 DROPS Orange flower water

    (optional) 1 PART Soda water

    METHOD Shake all ingredients, except for the soda. Strain into an ice filled highball, top with soda and garnish with a lemon wheel.

    To die for picture lol: http://www.beefeatergin.com/mixology/drinks/ramos-gin-fizz.jpg


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