This cocktail is an adaptation of the classic, and highly popular, Gin Fizz which is made with gin (obviously), lemon juice, sugar and soda water. When a ‘Royal’ version of a cocktail is typically made, it means that an egg has been added to the recipe, and whilst there is a Royal Gin Fizz which follows this method, the recipe I used opted instead to swap the soda water for a bit of fizz, prosecco or champagne to be exact. I can understand the rational behind it – a standard Royal wouldn’t be vegan friendly which is obviously becoming an increasingly important consideration in current times, and an drinking an egg might be off putting for some consumers if they become aware of it, so this version gives you the option to enjoy a similar drink that is still arguably more fanciful than the standard gin fizz.
As with the regular Gin Fizz, a good quality gin is paramount as it is without a doubt the star of the show; I personally used Rock Rose, which is my go-to gin when I suspect it’s going to be a noticeable flavour in whatever I’m drinking. It worked well here, complimenting the other ingredients as it’s slightly floral and sweet which offsets the tartness of the lemon juice. You might think that it would be too sweet when combined with the sugar, but thankfully it isn’t. This might be down to the use of prosecco/champagne, which I’ve always found to have a slightly bitter note when it’s freshly popped.
The tartness of the drink is pleasant and refreshing, but it’s not a particularly outstanding cocktail. That being said, I did enjoy it, and it uses common found staples of any almost kitchen or bar, so it’s worth trying when you fancy something a bit simpler. Despite the posh name, it won’t break the bank or your heart if you find that it’s not The One for you.
♦ 2 ounces gin
♦ 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
♦ 1 teaspoon sugar
♦ 2 to 3 ounces chilled prosecco or champagne
Shake the first three ingredients together with ice and strain into either martini glass or coupe, if you’re having it without ice, or a highball glass if you’re having it with ice, and then top with your choice of fizz.