Chicago Fizz
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Chicago Fizz
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The Chicago Fizz is a refreshing and citrusy cocktail that originated in the city of Chicago during the early 1900s. It gained popularity during the Prohibition era, as the addition ... more The Chicago Fizz is a refreshing and citrusy cocktail that originated in the city of Chicago during the early 1900s. It gained popularity during the Prohibition era, as the addition of soda water masked the taste of alcohol, making it a popular choice among speakeasies. This classic cocktail is a spin on the classic Fizz, with the addition of egg, giving it a creamy and frothy texture. The combination of tangy lemon juice, white rum, and sweet sugar syrup creates a well-balanced flavor profile that is both refreshing and indulgent. The addition of egg adds a rich and unique element, making the Chicago Fizz a must-try for cocktail connoisseurs.
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White rum
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Lemon
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12.24% | 1.2 units *

Highball glass

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Chicago Fizz is a delightful journey into the Prohibition-era cocktail scene with its smart use of soda water to subtly blend with the robust flavor of white rum and bright, citrus notes of lemon juice. The addition of egg white beautifully marries the components into a creamy, frothy consistency that enhances each sip, making this vintage concoction a stand-out choice for those who enjoy a luxuriously textured, yet refreshingly light cocktail.

Method
How to make a Chicago Fizz

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients except the soda water to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain out and dry shake the cocktail again, this time without ice, to froth up the egg white
Strain into a highball glass with a couple of ice cubes
Top up with carbonated soda water
Garnish with a lemon slice and serve
~ It goes without saying that its the egg white you want, not the egg yolk. ~

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Dry  ·  Froth  ·  Highball  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Chicago Fizz?

The Chicago Fizz is a vintage cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It gained popularity in the Chicago area and was known for its unique combination of rum and port, offering a smooth, rich flavor. The cocktail fell out of favor for some time but has seen a resurgence with the recent interest in classic cocktails.

FAQ

How does the egg white affect the Chicago Fizz cocktail?

The egg white in the Chicago Fizz adds a silky texture and a rich frothiness to the cocktail. When shaken, the egg white emulsifies, creating a smooth, creamy layer on top of the drink that enhances its mouthfeel and adds a visual appeal. It's an essential component for achieving the classic frothy top characteristic of this and many other classic cocktails.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Chicago Fizz without alcohol?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Chicago Fizz. Replace the white rum with a non-alcoholic rum alternative or use a combination of non-alcoholic ingredients that mimic the flavor profile of rum. Adjust the amount of sugar syrup and lemon juice to balance sweetness and acidity to your taste. The soda water, egg white, and ice will remain the same to achieve the frothy texture and carbonation.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What's the best way to achieve a perfectly frothy top for a Chicago Fizz?

To achieve a perfectly frothy top on a Chicago Fizz, ensure your egg white is fresh and at room temperature. Start by shaking the ingredients without ice vigorously for about 15 seconds (a technique known as 'dry shaking') to let the egg white emulsify well with the other components. Then, add ice and shake again vigorously for another 15-20 seconds. This two-step shaking process helps create a stable, frothy layer on top of the cocktail.

FAQ

Is there a specific type of white rum recommended for a Chicago Fizz?

For a Chicago Fizz, it's best to use a high-quality white rum that's smooth with a light body, as this will blend well with the other ingredients and not overpower the delicate balance of flavors. Look for white rums that have been aged and then filtered to remove the color, as these tend to have a more refined flavor suitable for cocktails like the Chicago Fizz.

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