The Gin Fizz is a classic gin cocktail and a brilliant alternative to a G and T. For those people in your life who claim they don't like gin, try them with one of these! They are easy to make and you've probably already got all the ingredients in your cupboard.
I hadn't had one until about 3 weeks ago when I decided to make a round of them for my friends to try it out. They went down a treat. So I decided to have a little play around and see how a few different gins took to the concoction.
So what is a Gin Fizz?
In essence, a Gin Fizz is:
Put everything except the soda in a cocktail shaker, (shake 3 times without ice first if you are using the egg) add ice and shake.
Serve in a high ball glass, on ice if you aren't using egg, by pouring the contents of your shaker into the glass and topping up with soda.
I started my experiment with the exact recipe above using Sipsmith gin. Actually that's a lie, I accidentally put Triple Sec into the first one instead of sugar syrup. It didn't quite work with the soda but I almost ended up with a White Lady, which is fairly good when made correctly!
The result when I finally found the correct bottle was, as expected, a sweet yet lemony gin drink, much less dry than a gin and tonic and I would say a little less gin heavy than I would have liked. The ratios meant our delicious Sipsmith gin was overpowered by what is essentially a very yummy lemonade, which I found disappointing. However, this would definitely be the correct ratio to use if you're working your way through a much more budget gin!
And now for the Silver Fox
Next up was a Sipsmith Silver Fizz. Many people are still a little sceptical of the inclusion of egg white in a cocktail.
My friends certainly were as I was producing drink after drink for them to sample! But the first one went down amazingly and from then on it was "keep 'em coming!".