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This raspberry gin fizz will have you raising a glass all summer long! It’s bright, bubbly, and oh so delicious!
Say hello to your new favorite summer cocktail. Not to be confused with your all-time favorite cocktail. But this raspberry gin fizz is definitely a contender for top summer drink recipe. Plus! It can be made two ways – with and without egg white – to suit anyone’s tastes!
I love this recipe because it takes a classic cocktail – the gin fizz – and gives it a little punch of produce with the addition of fresh raspberries! It still has all the flavor components of the traditional gin fizz, though. It’s got citrus/acid from lime juice, bubbles from soda water, a high-quality gin (please, don’t skimp here!), and, if you desire, an egg white!
Yes, an egg white in a drink! It may seem crazy but it’s actually a very common ingredient in “fancy” cocktails. Like a whiskey sour, amaretto sour, or, really, any other “sour” cocktail. The sour part comes from an acid used in the drink – usually either lemon or lime juice. And that beautiful frothy head that is so quintessential to a sour cocktail recipe is from the reaction of egg white and soda water. It’s mixology magic!
Of course, if you’re hesitant to use a raw egg white (though if the eggs are fresh and pasteurized, you should be just fine) or if you’re vegan or allergic to egg, there’s another option for you! Simply omit the egg white and add a bit more soda water. Ta-da!
The egg white adds no flavor to the drink, because that would be weird! Instead, it adds body and beauty and doesn’t get in the way of the glorious juniper notes of the gin, the tart lime juice, or the sweet raspberry. This cocktail hits all the flavor markers!
How to make a Raspberry Gin Fizz
One of my favorite things about this cocktail recipe is how easy it is yet how impressive it looks! Want to make your own? Here’s how!
- Muddle a handful of fresh raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
- Add fresh lime juice and gin. If using, add the egg white before topping with ice.
- Shake the bajeezus out of it and strain into a coupe glass, leaving about 1 ½ ounces of space at the top.
- Top off the drink with soda water and watch the magic happen!
- Serve with a lime twist or fresh mint sprig if you’re feeling fancy!
Again, if you’re hesitant to use egg whites, simply omit it from the procedure and instead strain the drink into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Still delicious! And still full of gin!
And while we’re on the subject of gin – please, buy a nice bottle! For this recipe, I used a locally made gin from Wisconsin that I love. This one is another local stunner. This is also a wonderful gin (and the bottle is so pretty too!). When choosing a gin for this raspberry gin fizz you’ll want to get a liquor that isn’t too piney, as some gins can be because they’re made from juniper berries. Look for a gin that also has hints of citrus to compliment the ingredients of the drink. But, truly, as with all cocktails, it’s important to use a liquor that you personally enjoy!
Raspberry Gin Fizz Cocktail
- Cocktail Shaker
- ¼ cup fresh raspberries
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 egg white
- Soda water to serve
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the raspberries. Add the lime juice, gin, and egg white (if using). Shake until well blended and frothy.
- Strain into two coupe glasses and top each with soda water. Garnish with a lime twist or fresh mint leaf, if desired.
- The egg white can be omitted and the cocktail can instead be served in a rocks glass filled with ice and topped off with soda water and garnished as directed above.