The Gin Fizz, also known as an Alabama Fizz, is a super simple yet very enjoyable cocktail. As the name suggests it is another gin based cocktail. I’m not even really a gin person, but it just seems that gin is everywhere around me at the moment telling me to drink it. And I’m okay with that.
The Gin Fizz also has the honor of being our first official drink from the Ultimate Bar Book. The book lists multiple variations to the drink, such is its position as a classic, but I opted for a fairly standard version.
1 1/2 ounce gin (I used South Gin)
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a hi-ball glass with ice. Top with lemonade.
Traditionally, a Gin Fizz uses soda water but I didn’t have any so I improvised with lemonade. I’ll need to compare the two as I suspect the lemonade may make it a little sweeter than it normally would. I also used slightly less gin and lemon juice than the book’s recipe, but feel free to bump it up to 2 ounce of gin if you’re a big gin drinker.
Either way the drink is still great. It is very refreshing and if you like a bit of tang (side note: how great a word is tangy…tangy, tangy, tangy) to your beverage then this is the drink for you. It allows you to do that sour face lip smack as your tongue gets stuck to the roof of your mouth after every mouthful, amazing.
I’d be curious to try replacing the lemon with lime to see whether the flavour changes all that much or if its still just a glass full of tangy goodness.
Be warned though, it goes down very well making it a dangerous drink especially if you up it to 2 ounces of gin…1 Fizz, 2 Fizz, 3 Fizz, floor?
Anyway, its one drink down and 999+ to go!