Simple Whiskey Fizz Cocktail

A simple Whiskey Cocktail that’s the perfect base for many varieties or enjoy as it is. This cocktail provides you with perfectly complementing flavors due to the whiskey-lemon combination. Add a carbonated white soda of your choice, with a little syrup as well. Spice things up by using a fruit-flavored syrup instead or squish a few herbs and berries in the shaker before mixing the ingredients. This versatile cocktail is ideal for every day!

The story behind the Fizz cocktail

Before we got to the cocktail we know as the ‘Whiskey Fizz,’ the Fizz cocktail appeared in many other varieties over the past few hundred years. 

The Fizz cocktail originates from New York, where the first references come from an 1876 bartender’s guide by Jerry Thomas, a famous New York bartender. It’s called “Fizz” because of the combination of carbonated soda and lemon juice. 

Between the 1900s and 1940s, its popularity surged. In New Orleans, the Gin Fizz was so popular, that bars employed people just to keep shaking the cocktails! From the 1950s onward, the Fizz cocktail became popular throughout the rest of the world, as seen in France’s L’Art Culinaire Francais cookbook. 

The Whiskey Fizz is a non-gin version of the Fizz cocktail and often contains an American whiskey blend. 

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Whiskey Drink

While this is a drink that uses whiskey explicitly, you aren’t limited to a certain kind of whiskey. If you want to stick to the original flavor of the cocktail, you can use an American blend. However, if you prefer Irish or Scottish whiskey, there is no stopping you from using that one. 

In the end, it’s all about flavor. No whiskey tastes the same, so you should choose whichever one you prefer the most. However, if you are not a whiskey fan at all, or if you just don’t happen to have a whiskey bottle at home, Rye or Bourbon works well too!

When to drink a whiskey fizz

Some cocktails are especially suitable to drink during a specific celebration or season, like the Shamrock cocktail, or the Blue Frostbite cocktail. However, since the Whiskey Fizz is so versatile, there is no right occasion to drink it. 

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You can alter this cocktail to suit the occasion, mood, or location you’re currently in. So, if you invite over some friends for a midsummer barbecue, you can make it fruitier than when you want to warm yourself after a cold winter day. 

Like always, the best way to drink a cocktail is in the presence of your loved ones, like your family and friends. Still, there is nothing wrong with filling a bathtub with your favorite bubbles, putting on some music, and sipping your drink as you relax.

simple whiskey fizz cocktail

Whiskey Fizz

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A simple and refreshing whiskey cocktail.


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounces lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3-5 ounces chilled club soda
  • Lemon wedge for garnish


    Combine whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into an ice filled glass and top with club soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.


Use a blended whiskey of your choice, can also be made with Rye or bourbon.

Try fresh squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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Cocktail variations

This versatile drink has many possible variations. You can find a few here, or you can come up with your own delicious combinations!

For a sunny summer Whiskey Fizz, you can add some strawberry syrup to the cocktail, and muddle a few basil leaves before putting the rest of the ingredients in the shaker. The sweet strawberry-basil flavors combine perfectly with the sour lemon and the strong whiskey. 

A Whiskey Fizz for the cold fall days can be made with a bit of sage and thyme, a simple syrup, and a regular soda, or tonic. Or try this simple recipe for an Apple Whiskey fizz using Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple.

For the winter days, you can add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to your cocktail shaker and add a slice of orange as well. The warmth from the spices and the sweetness from the orange create a perfect warm feeling within your mouth and body. 

Have you ever tried a Whiskey Fizz before? If so, did you combine it with any exciting ingredients? Feel free to add your favorites to the comments below!

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