The fizz family of cocktails is well-known for its combination of soda and sugar, which makes the “fizz” sound that the cocktails are known for. However, the Imperial Fizz (rightfully name) towers above the rest as one of the most popular fizz cocktails, and is often called the Whiskey Fizz. While champagne may be most associated with the “fizz” sound in the alcohol world, the Imperial Fizz certainly has its own significant fanbase, for those who appreciate whiskey but at the same time, don’t mind their whiskey cocktail a little sweeter than most.
It is widely considered a popular variation on the ever-popular Highball, which is a cocktail that has managed to maintain its relevance for decades now. The drink often uses blended whiskey, but this certainly isn’t mandatory, by any means.
- 2 ounces of blended whiskey
- 1 ounce of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of sugar
- 4 ounces of soda
- Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar over ice into a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a highball glass, over ice.
- Add the soda.
- Cocktail shaker
- Highball glass
- Stirring spoon/rod
The cocktail is a perfect way to add a little soda refreshment to your whiskey drink, which is perfect during the summer and spring seasons. There are also people that take the “Imperial Fizz” name seriously, and thus decide to add another fizz family relative to the drink – champagne. Obviously, the combination of soda, champagne, and whiskey might be too much for some, but that is certainly a variation that has managed to persist throughout the years.
It should be noted that the champagne should be chilled, so that the temperature of the cocktail does not change too much. Regardless, for those who want to have a celebratory gathering, but feel like drinking something a little stronger than champagne – the Imperial Fizz seems to be an obvious and wonderful choice.