The Gin Fizz Cocktail is a light and refreshing beverage that is easy to make. Gin, lemon, and simple syup are shaken with aquafaba to make a rich foam top.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad that Spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up. For me that means hours spent working in my yard and garden, with my kids entertained by the bugs and whatever else they find crawling around the yard. It means grilling and eating lots of seasonal fruits and veggies. And perhaps it means sipping on a cool cocktail on the deck. The Gin Fizz just might be my new cocktail of choice.
I generally go for cocktails that aren’t too sweet, and don’t have too many complicated ingredients, and this one definitely fits the bill. It’s a nice change from your standard gin and tonic, as it features lemon juice and club soda which can be sweetened to taste with simple syrup.
But the distinguishing feature of the gin fizz is the thick, almost creamy foam on the top (think latte foam). But no dairy is used to make the foam – instead we turn to aquafaba, the liquid that’s left after cooking (or canning) chickpeas or other legumes. Egg whites are a more traditional ingredient, but I prefer to skip them to minimize the risk of food-borne illness. A simple shake in a cocktail shaker is all it takes to get that luxurious foam.
Yep, I can definitely see me sipping on one of these while I’m waiting for the grill to heat up. What’s your favorite summer cocktail?
Gin Fizz Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note)
- 1/2 ounce aquafaba (see note)
- 2 ounces club soda
- Shake gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and aquafaba together in a cocktail shaker with no ice vigorously for at least 10 seconds. Fill the shaker with ice and continue to shake for at least another 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass that is narrow with straight sides. Top with club soda.
Gin Fizz Nutrition Notes:
The amount of sodium in your cocktail may be higher, depending on the brand of club soda you use (some brands contain significant amounts of sodium, others none). The amount of sugar and calories in your gin fizz will increase if you decide to use more simple syrup.