Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

Stepped up to Stagger Lee at the bar
Said “Buy me a gin fizz, love”

Robert Hunter, Stagger Lee

Sometime in the mid to late 1980s I had a couple sloe gin fizz’s in Cape May. Because of my interest in the Grateful Dead, I had asked my mother about the gin fizz. She spoke of the sloe gin fizz. We had slow gin at the house, so I made a few. They were all right.

Whenever I think of the gin fizz, I think of the sloe gin fizz. But that isn’t this drink. 🙂

Gin is beginning to appeal to me. This drink, much as I expected, is a refreshing drink. It’s something that seems great on a hot summer afternoon. Crisp, refreshing, easy to drink. It’s almost like spiked lemonade.

Not much to this. It’s a light drink, but non-offensive on all fronts.

Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables


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IBA recipe


  • 45 ml Gin

  • 30 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 10 ml Simple Syrup

  • Splash of Soda Water


  • Shake all ingredients with ice except soda water.
  • Pour into thin tall Tumbler glass , top with a splash soda water.
  • Serve without ice.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice, optional lemon zest.

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