Gin Fizz Cocktail

Looking for the best gin cocktail recipe? Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping.

Gin fizz cocktail

Ever had a Gin Fizz? I hadn’t, until Alex started making them for me. You see, a friend of ours run a distillery in town and she had just dropped off a bottle of gin for us to try. Yes, it’s a difficult problem to have, we know (ha!). So what to do with a bottle of gin? Make the best gin cocktail we could find. And Alex hit it out of the park with this one: this Gin Fizz is perfectly balanced, both sweet and tart, and adding soda water magically creates a frothy egg white foam topping. Oh and it takes only 5 minutes to make! Are you ready?

Gin fizz ingredients

Gin Fizz ingredients

You’ll need just a handful of ingredients for a Gin Fizz. For our version, we’ve used maple syrup instead of simple syrup. We like making naturally sweet drinks with no refined sugar, and find that maple syrup is a gentler sweetener than a simple syrup. But even better, you don’t have to make a simple syrup at home: just grab a bottle of real maple syrup! Depending on where you live, you can often find locally produced maple syrup as well.

Here are the Gin Fizz ingredients that you’ll need:

  • Gin
  • Lemon
  • Maple syrup
  • Egg white
  • Soda water

How to make a gin fizz cocktail

How to make a Gin Fizz? You’ll simply shake together the gin, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker with ice to make it cold, then pour it into two glasses. When you top off each glass with soda water, the carbonation combines with the egg white to make a frothy foam topping. It’s like magic! And it’s a trick that’s sure to impress all your guests.

The trick to the foam topping: a dry shake!

How does it all work? Bartenders have added egg whites to cocktails since the 1920’s to add a frothy texture to the surface, as well as a creamy rich flavor. Most drinks are shaken with together with ice in a cocktail shaker. But in this Gin Fizz you’ll do what’s called a Dry Shake.

A Dry Shake means you’ll shake the ingredients first without ice. Then you’ll add the ice and shake again. This method is used with many cocktails that have an egg white, and results in a lovely white layer of foam on top. See our Boston Sour for another foam-topped drink.

How to make a gin fizz

What’s a vegan egg white substitute for cocktails?

Now, let’s say you have a vegan guest: or you eat plant-based yourself. What to use as a vegan egg white substitute in cocktails? The answer: Aquafaba. What’s that? Aquafaba is the liquid that’s in a can of chickpeas. Because it’s so starchy, it can work as a binder similar to an egg. Since 2 tablespoons of aquafaba equal 1 egg white, you can use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba in this recipe as an equivalent to the actual egg white. It makes for the same type of foam!

What cocktail shaker do I need?

Cocktail shakers are inexpensive and absolutely worth the cabinet space. A cocktail shaker quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice, then has a perforated lid so you can pour out the cocktail without pouring out the ice as well. Here’s the cocktail shaker we use: Cocktail Shaker | Amazon

What’s a substitute for a cocktail shaker? Well if you’re in a pinch, you can use a glass mason jar instead! Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Put on the top and shake away! When pouring out the cocktail, you’ll need to use a strainer or some other mesh to keep the ice inside the mason jar.

Cocktail shaker

What type of gin should I buy?

For this Gin Fizz, you’ll want to use the high quality gin! The better the gin, the better the drink. The easiest way to tell if a gin is high quality? Don’t buy the cheapest gin you can find. Try to invest in a mid-price range gin: the drink will only taste as good as the gin you invest in! You could also be on the lookout for local gin, if you have distilleries in your area. Here in Indianapolis, our friends over at 8th Day Distillery make a local gin that’s a fun local find.

Make your own soda water

Of course you can buy soda water for a Gin Fizz. But you can also make it at home! To make our soda water, we used our SodaStream (which we’re obsessed with!) We bought it to make healthy alternatives soda pop, and we ended up falling in love with the refreshing bubbles.

Gin fizz cocktail

And that’s it: how to make a Gin Fizz!

We hope that you’ll find this Gin Fizz to be your new favorite cocktail. I enjoy tangy cocktails like margaritas and I love sour beers, so this tangy sweet fizzy drink was right up my alley. For a fruity spin on this drink, try the Sloe Gin Fizz made with sloe gin instead of gin. Let us know if you make it in the comments below!

There’s lots more you can do with gin, from classic Gin and Tonic to Watermelon Gin Cocktail, from a Hanky Panky to a Gin Gimlet. Go to our Best Gin Cocktails.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet. For vegan and plant-based, use aquafaba (see below).

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Gin fizz

Gin Fizz Cocktail

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Looking for the best gin cocktail recipe? Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping.



  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) gin
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 1 egg white*
  • Garnish with lemon twist (optional)
  • Soda water


  1. Place the gin, lemon juice, syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into a glass and top with the soda water; the egg white foam forms on top. If desired, garnish with a lemon twist. Serve immediately.


*For vegan, substitute 2 tablespoons aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Gin fizz, Gin fizz cocktail, Gin fizz ingredients, How to make a gin fizz, Gin egg white cocktail

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Margie Young
    April 5, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I’m historically terrified of eggwhite drinks and this one inspired me to give it a go. DEEELISH!!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      April 6, 2020 at 11:43 am

      So glad you enjoyed! Don’t you love the foam?!

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