The Classic Gin Fizz Cocktail

L1010661webThe Gin Fizz is a classic cocktail and one of the most refreshing cocktails ever invented. Fizz Cocktails are characterised by their inclusion of a tangy acid component (usually citrus juice), soda water and an egg white.

An egg white? Trust me on this one, it works. There is no hint of omelette or poached egg in this cocktail and no danger of having to strain a great honking lump of albumen through your teeth. Being a shaken and sieved cocktail the egg white fully mixes to give the cocktail a silky smooth texture and gives it body. The inclusion of egg white is utter genius and should not be omitted. There is the added benefit that you will look like a proper mixologist as your friends watch you cracking eggs in to your cocktail shaker, you will wow the gentlemen and woo the ladies. All will be fizz and ginger from that point on… well fizz anyway.

So how do we make one?

First of all you will need to go to your Gin cabinet and select the right gin for the job. Sure, any gin will do, but this is a refreshing floral drink and you want a gin to match. Something that will be able to hold it’s own and not get smothered by the citrus but complimented by it. Gin is a very serious game and there are a lot of specialist gins on the market at the minute. For this gin fizz we are using Blackwood’s Vintage 2012.

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We are all used to the concept of vintages of wine – wine made with grapes from a certain year. But vintage gin is a relatively new concept and Blackwood’s is the first. Gin is a spirit that is always flavoured with botanicals and most gin makers will aim for a uniform product year on year. Blackwood’s vintage gin is a little different.

Blackwoods’s is an artisanal gin that uses hand harvested local botanicals from the wilds of the Shetland Isles, north of mainland Scotland. Shetland is cool and windy and only around 400 plant species can flourish and it is these botanicals that characterise the gin’s flavour. Each year the botanicals used will change depending on quality and quantity available and as such the gin produced that year will have a flavour and aroma profile of it’s own.

Blackwood’s 2012 Vintage has a citrus nose and is not too heavy on the juniper which allows the gentle floral and herbal notes to pull through giving a delicate, crisp finish.

So lets stop talking about it and get on with the business of this cocktail!. You will need:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Plenty of ice
  • Double measure (50ml) of Gin
  • 1 measure (25ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of powdered (icing) sugar or 1.5 tsp of sugar syrup
  • Soda Water
  • 1 organic egg white

Method:

  1. Add plenty of ice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Pour over the gin, lemon juice, egg white & sugar
  3. Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously to make sure everything is homogenous
  4. Strain through a fine sieve into a glass (either high ball or lowball depending on how much soda water you like) containing a couple of ice cubes and top with soda water

The classic Gin Fizz Cocktail, a decadent taste of 1920’s England and a sure fire way to add a little effervescent spirit to any soiree.