I love the flavors of rosemary and lemon blended together and this recipe for Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz is light, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion. The combination of aromas are zingy, fresh, and remind me of Italy where Pete and I spent our honeymoon. We even had a similar cocktail served at our wedding!
While visiting Italy, you might notice that it seems every restaurant around the coastline will either have lemons included in a dish on their menu, or lemons emblazoned on one of their ceramic serving dishes. I even picked up a dish towel with a recipe for limoncello as a souvenir. It’s easy to see that the Italians love the flavor of lemon.
Rosemary, on the other hand, happens to grow abundantly all around the Mediterranean, but it’s one of the most commonly used herbs in Italy. The fragrant pine aroma of fresh rosemary is one of those herbs that instantly reminds me of the holidays.
The difference between a gin fizz and a gin and tonic is really in the type of sparkling water you use. A gin fizz typically has an acidic juice (like lemon) and soda water. Whereas a gin and tonic traditionally has a squeeze of fresh lime as a garnish and uses tonic water, known for its quinine flavor, instead of club soda.
Some gin fizz cocktails will also include an egg white too, where all ingredients will be shaken in a cocktail shaker for maximum fizz and foam on top of the drink.
Next time you have a get together with friends or family, try this easy-to-make Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail. It doesn’t take any time at all to make and the fresh lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary as garnish make it look like a treat.
Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz Ingredients
- Gin: any type of gin is fine! We like to use Bombay for this recipe.
- Fresh lemon juice: Juice from one half of lemon is enough per cocktail.
- Club soda: Any brand of club soda is fine.
- Garnish: sliced lemons and fresh springs of rosemary
HOW TO MAKE A GIN FIZZ
A proper gin fizz, like one you might order at a bar, includes an egg white. But we exclude that from this homemade version.
If you’d like to create more foam on the top without the egg white, or a more fizzy cocktail, pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a good shake for thirty seconds. Then pour into serving glass and enjoy.
If you don’t have a cocktail shaker at home, no worries. Simply fill a glass with crushed ice. Then pour in 1-2 ounces of gin and a squeeze of lemon juice from one half of a lemon. Then top with soda water and garnish with fresh rosemary and a slice of lemon.
- 1-2 ounces of gin
- 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces club soda
- sliced lemon and fresh springs of rosemary for garnish
- Fill a glass with crushed ice.
- Pour gin, lemon juice, and soda water over the ice.
- Add rosemary and lemon slice to garnish.
A proper gin fizz includes an egg white, but we exclude that from this homemade version.
To create more foam on the top, or have it be more fizzy, pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a good shake. Then pour into serving glass and enjoy.
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Originally published in 2012. Updated 2022.