Your favorite fizz cocktail can say a lot about you, or at least about the frame of mind you're in. Do you opt for the basic Gin Fizz, which takes the traditional elements of lemon or lime juice and carbonated water, and adds gin and sugar? Or do you sub in sparkling wine for the bubbly water to make a glam Diamond Fizz (also known as a French 75)? While we love all the established spins on the basic fizz recipe, and each one suits a different mood or occasion, we're also fans of the newfangled riffs out there. There’s nothing wrong with keeping old friends while making new ones, right? Here are six new fizz drinks that will make you happy you branched out.
Where: Bestia, Los Angeles
What: Gin, port, lemon juice, orange juice, egg white, soda water, housemade opal basil syrup.
How: The bar at this buzzy, ambitious Italian restaurant has a fittingly ingenious spin on a fizz, made by adding vintage port wine and a housemade opal basil syrup made with opal basil leaves and evaporated cane sugar. “Opal basil offers plenty of culinary value in the sense of flavor, aroma and appealing color,” says head bartender Iluggy Recinos. Photo courtesy of Bestia.
Where: Moving Sidewalk, Houston
What: Old Tom gin, rose-colored Italian aperitif wine, pink aperitif flavored with bitters, grapefruit liqueur, house-made lemon cordial.
How: The secret to the Lexicon Devil’s effervescence at Houston's Moving Sidewalk is the highly carbonated Mexican mineral water, Topo Chico. The drink gets its pink tinge from two kinds of rose-colored aperitifs, plus grapefruit liqueur. Photo by Chuck Cook Photography.
Where: Garfunkel’s, New York City
What: Aged rum, port wine, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, club soda.
How: This New York City bar's spin on a Rum Fizz mixes in aged rum and port wine for a double-dose of boozy fun. Photo by Gabriel Denham.
Corn Pop Fizz
Where: Pawn Broker at the Langford Hotel, Miami
What: Moonshine, lemon bitters, citrus, egg white, soda, Corn Pop syrup.
How: At the Miami rooftop bar Pawn Broker, this breakfast-inspired cocktail features not only a house-made syrup made with Corn Pop cereal, but also a garnish of Corn Pops. Photo courtesy of juanfayora/ Instagram.
Where: The Vine, New York City
What: Tequila, sweet herbal liqueur, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, blossom water, Prosecco.
How: This fizz gets its unique flavor nuances from the "herbaceous and refreshing notes of dried citrus and chamomile," explains The Vine's beverage director Percy Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of The Vine.
Where: Cavan, New Orleans
What: Pimm’s No. 1, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, soda water.
How: “After enjoying some low-proof, egg white cocktails in San Francisco, I was inspired to make my own interpretation of these cocktails, adding a New Orleans twist," says Cavan's bar director and sommelier Isaiah Estell. "Ultimately, it emerged as a sort of hybrid of the Pimm’s Cup cocktail and the Ramos Gin Fizz, which are both Big Easy brunch staples.” Here's how to make your own. Photo credit: Rush Jagoe.
Pimm's Fizz recipe:
2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
0.5 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake very hard. Strain into a tumbler and top with splash of soda water. Garnish with a lemon peel.
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