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Gin Fizz

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Ingredients (5)

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar or simple syrup
  • Cold club soda
  • Sprig of mint

Summary

Fizzes are any number of sour-based cocktails with the mandatory addition of club soda and lemon juice. Gin was the earliest spirit used in a fizz. The Gin Fizz, which is a close relation to the Tom Collins, has been satisfying bar patrons for more than a hundred years. One of the defining differences between a Gin Fizz and a Tom Collins is the glass size. Highball glasses containing 8 to 12 ounces are preferred for a fizz, while the larger collins glass is, not surprisingly, preferred for a Collins. The Ramos Gin Fizz, formulated by the Ramos brothers in New Orleans in the late 1880s, remains popular today, especially as a hangover cure. Legend has it that the initial Ramos Gin Fizz required so much vigorous shaking that it was passed among patrons until their arms tired.

Instructions

  1. 1Shake the gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice; then strain into a 10-ounce highball glass filled with ice. Add club soda to fill, and garnish with a mint sprig.
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