The gin iteration of the classic 19th-century fizz template may be the most famous, but rightly so, especially when it comes to warm-weather drinking. The herbal, citrusy character of the base spirit shows well alongside the sweet-sour combo of citrus and simple syrup, all lightened by the spritzy tang of soda water. Kissing cousins to the Tom Collins, this fizz recipe leans slightly heavier on the gin for a more assertive kick. Note, the fizz is not served over ice—it’s meant to be slurped quickly and efficiently without the addition of extra dilution.
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- soda water
- Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and orange bitters to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a fizz or highball glass.
- Top with soda water.