Strawberry Aperol Gin Fizz

This light and refreshing variation on a gin fizz tastes like summer in a glass. A simple syrup made out of strawberries adds some sweetness which is balanced by the bitterness of the Aperol. This cocktail is perfect for sipping on a hot summer afternoon or as a light start to a special brunch.

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Strainght on shot of bright orange gin fizz in a highball glass with a bottle of Aperol and a bottle of The Botanist gin in the background. The cocktail is surrounded by fresh strawberries and a tulip.

What is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian aperitivo similar to Campari but sweeter. It contains rhubarb and bitter orange, among other ingredients, and it’s usually used in cocktails to add some bitterness.

In this strawberry Aperol gin fizz, I’m using it to balance the sweetness of the strawberries and the richness of the egg white.

Something that I love about Aperol is that it is extremely versatile. You can use it in lots of different summer cocktails, and you will be surprised by how quickly you can go through a whole bottle. For some inspiration, check out this Aperol gin and tonic and this cherry Aperol spritz.

Straight on shot of a woman pouring aperol from a tumbler into a stainless steel cocktail shaker. There is a bottle of Aperol and a bottle of The Botanist gin in the background.

What is a Gin Fizz?

A gin fizz is a classic shaken cocktail that dates back to the late 19th century. It became popular in the U.S. in the 1900s, and it remains one of the most popular cocktails in the world to this day.

There are many variations of a gin fizz, but the basic recipe includes some type of sweetener, lemon juice, gin, and carbonated water. The one included here also features an egg. To learn more about the history of the gin fizz and all of its possible variations, make sure to read this article.

If you are a bit nervous about shaking a cocktail with egg white in it, don’t worry! The beauty of a gin fizz is that a little bit of frothiness goes a long way. Most of the fizz in the cocktail comes from adding soda at the end.

Straight on shot of a woman pouring gin fizz through a strainer and into a highball glass. The glass is in front of a bottle of Aperol and a bottle of gin.

Some Essential Tools for Making a Successful Gin Fizz

Unfortunately, a gin fizz is not a cocktail that you simply mix in a glass and serve over ice. It requires a couple of essential bartending tools. Here is what you will need along with brand recommendations.

Angled shot of top of gin fizz cocktail with a bottle of Aperol and a bottle of in in the background
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Strawberry Aperol Gin Fizz

This light and refreshing cocktail is a variation on a classic drink, the gin fizz. This version is made with a strawberry simple syrup, Aperol, gin, lemon juice, and an egg white. It's a fun and delicious cocktail perfect for a summer barbecue or brunch.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Grilling, Special Occassion
Keyword: aperol cocktails, beverages, gin cocktails, gin fizz, strawberries, summer drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 1042kcal
Author: Daniela Miranda

Ingredients

For the strawberry simple syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the cocktail

  • 3/4 oz strawberry simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 oz gin (I used The Botanist)
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1 egg white
  • soda water

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  • Make the simple syrup at least 4 hours before you intend to make the cocktail.
  • To make the syrup, place all of the ingredients in a small, heavy-bottomed pot. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 mins or until the strawberries start to soften.
  • Remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool for 10 min.
  • Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the syrup into a clean jar. Do not push on the solids or your syrup will get cloudy. Reserve the solids to put on pancakes or to top yogurt.
  • Put the syrup in the fridge and let it cool for 2-4 hours. If properly stored, it should keep for over a month.

To make the cocktail:

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until chilled (about 1 min).
  • Strain into a highball glass. The glass should be about half full. Carefully tip the glass and pour soda water down the side until the glass is full (this prevents the foam on top of the cocktail from collapsing).
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

I do not recommend using either a short glass or a pint glass to serve this cocktail because this will alter the ratio of ingredients to soda water and make it taste wrong. If you don't have highball glasses at home, experiment with some tall glasses until you get the ratios right.
 
 
Please keep in mind that the nutritional values for this recipe are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 1042kcal | Carbohydrates: 233g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 225g | Vitamin C: 163.9% | Calcium: 5.9% | Iron: 13.3%

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