Gin Fizz is a classic cocktail that is really simple to make and where you have got endless variation possibilities. In this Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz I added some extra Summery flavor in the simple syrup. It’s like walking in an apricot farm surrounded by pine trees!
Apricot is so sweet, sweet as nectar, and tart, making this the perfect Summer gin fizz. Rosemary gives an interesting addition of piney aromatics, which I think pairs perfectly with the sweetness of apricots.
There are endless variations to a gin fizz, and sometimes it can get a little confusing. But nevertheless, this classic cocktail is super popular for a reason.
What is a Classic Gin Fizz?
A classic gin fizz is made with just four basic ingredients:
- Club Soda (or the fizz)
- Lemon juice
- Simple syrup
It is everything a simple cocktail needs. It’s sweet, it’s tart and it’s a little fun with the fizz. But sometimes I really enjoy to make it more seasonal and more flavorful – such as in this Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz!
Gin Fizz: With or Without Egg Whites?
Ok, so there’s always the question about the egg whites. Truth be told, egg whites aren’t in the classic gin fizz, but I think it’s a nice addition. It makes the cocktail even more festive and fun with a little white foam. I’ve gone more into detail about the egg whites in this classic whiskey sour recipe.
You can’t really taste the egg white, it is flavorless. That being said, if you let the drink stand too long, it may develop a funky smell. I’m not one to leave a drink too long, but if that’s the case, I would definitely omit it.
If you want to make a vegan gin fizz but still with the nice white foam, you can use aquafaba, the liquid from cans of chickpeas.
There is also the thing that you usually use 1 egg white for 1 cocktail, but I think that is too much. Not that it matters, because you can easily scoop off what you think is excess. But when doubling or tripling the recipe do not double or triple the egg whites, 1 egg white is sufficient to at least three cocktails.
The Endless Variations of the Gin Fizz
Right, so you may have heard of an Alabama Gin Fizz or a Ramos Gin Fizz, among others. But what is the difference, really?
- Alabama Gin Fizz: additional mint sprigs
- Ramos Gin Fizz: additional cream, orange flower water and egg white. It is also known as a New Orleans Fizz.
- Sloe Gin Fizz: sloe gin and grapefruit juice
- Green Gin Fizz: additional dash crème de menthe
- Diamond Gin Fizz: sparkling wine instead of soda water, also known as French 75.
- Sour Melon Fizz: additional midori and ginger ale
- Silver Fizz: additional egg white
- Golden Fizz: additional egg yolk
- Royal Fizz: additional whole egg
To be honest, I didn’t know this baby had so many names! I am really intrigued by the sour melon fizz and ramos gin fizz, so I’d definitely give them a try when I’ve got the ingredients.
How to Make Apricot Rosemary Simple Syrup
How to make simple syrup is in general extremely easy. It is always equal parts water and sugar, heated and stirred until sugar is dissolved. You can let it boil down to make it more syrupy, and that is often the case when you add other flavorings.
When adding rosemary and apricot, we will let it simmer for about 20 minutes to really infuse the simple syrup with these amazing flavors. Cut 8 apricots in smaller pieces (1), make sure to remove and discard the pit. You do not have to peel it. The fresh rosemary sprigs can be added whole into the syrup or you can roughly chop them.
Add water and sugar to a small to medium saucepan, give it a stir and add the chopped apricots and fresh rosemary sprigs (2). Let this simmer for about 20 minutes or until nice and syrupy in consistency. Strain it through a sieve (3) and press the apricot to release their juices (4). Let it cool before adding to any cocktail.
Can I Use Dry Rosemary?
I wouldn’t add dry rosemary instead of fresh, because that somehow reminds me more of pizza or this sun dried tomato and rosemary pasta. Nothing wrong with pizza and pasta and dried rosemary, but I don’t think it works that great in cocktails and sweets.
How to Store Simple Syrup
As I mentioned, the simple syrup should be cooled before using in a drink. Let it cool to room temperature on the counter, and then pour into clean bottles and seal tightly. This can be stored in the fridge for approximately forever.
It depends on the cleanliness of the bottle, if you have sanitized or sterilized the bottle, it should be no problem. However, normal clean will still make it last for about a month or two, I talk more about this in my Sun Dried Tomato Pesto.
How to Make Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz
We have made our apricot rosemary simple syrup (see paragraphs above) and we are ready to make some Summery fizzes!
You simply add all the ingredients to a shaker, shake vigorously for 15 seconds and then you add in ice and shake some more. Run a rosemary sprig around the edges of a whiskey or Tom Collins glass. Strain it and serve! Traditionally served with a lemon slice.
Slow down, relax and sip on this Summery cocktail. Everything will be just a little bit better.
Other Refreshing Summer Cocktails:
- Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade
- Classic Irish Coffee (serve it cold!)
- Lemon Ginger Iced Tea (alcohol free, but feel free to add some)
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Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz
Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz
- 2 oz gin 4 tbsp
- 1 oz lemon juice 2 tbsp
- 3/4 oz apricot rosemary simple syrup* 1.5 tbsp, see below
- 1 egg white** optional
- 1 oz club soda or ginger beer
Apricot Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 8 apricots pitted and cut into smaller pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary roughly chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger optional
Apricot Rosemary Simple Syrup (makes 1 cup)
- Preparations: Discard pits from apricots and cut the apricots into smaller pieces, 8 ish. No need to peel them. Roughly chop rosemary.
- Make simple syrup: Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan, give it a stir. Add in the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, stir occasionally and press the apricots into the syrup.
- Run it through a sieve: Once done, remove from heat and strain the mixture, pressing the apricots gently into the sieve.
- Let it cool: Let the syrup cool to room temperature. Once cool, add into clean glass bottles and store in the fridge for 1 month.
Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz
- Make gin fizz: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Add ice and shake a little more.
- Serve: Run a rosemary sprig around the edges of a whiskey or Tom Collins glass. Strain the drink into the glass.