New recipes and updates

Get new recipes
in your inbox

Cuisine Fiend

Find a recipe by ingredient

Strawberry fizz

Updated: Tue, 20 June, 2023

Does this recipe even merit a whole page? Yes it does, because it is wonderfully summery and delicious.

strawberry fizz

What’s a cocktail?

As most things, cocktails go back further in the past than you would think. I imagined they’d been invented in the Roaring Twenties, by jazz-age flappers giving a finger to the Prohibition police.

Very wrong – the first mention of “A stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water, and bitters”, as the definition went, appeared in the early 1800s in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York).

Although very much an American invention in its modern shape, cocktails were probably inspired by British punch: a mix of spirits, spices and fruit juices. The entomology of the word is less clear: there are theories that involve horse tails, egg cups, cocks and ale.

prosecco and grenadine cocktail

Some of the oldest cocktails include:

- Old Fashioned: a blend of bitters, sugar, water, and whisky, created in the later half of the 19th century.

- Sazerac: a mixture of cognac or rye whisky, absinthe, sugar, and bitters, created in New Orleans in the early 19th century.

- Manhattan: a combination of whisky, vermouth, and bitters, created in New York sometime in the late 19th century.

- Martini: a mix of gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist, created in the late 19th or early 20th century.

- Sidecar: a variation of the sour, consisting of cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice, created in either London or Paris in the late 1910s.

- Gimlet: a cocktail made out of gin (or vodka) and lime juice, created by soldiers in the British Royal Navy during the 18th century.

- Tom Collins: a highball cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water, created in the late 19th century.

- Margarita: a variation of tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, created by bartender Francisco Morales in Mexico in the late 1940s.

- Pisco Sour: a drink made with Pisco (a brandy from grapes), lemon or lime juice, syrup, egg white, and bitters, created by bartender Victor Morris in Lima, Peru, in the early 1920s.

- Aviation: a cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and crème de violette (a rare and delicate liqueur), created in 1917 by Hugo Ensslin.

prosecco cocktail with frozen strawberries

Modern tipple

After a slump in the 1960s and 70s, mixing your spirits regained popularity, with gin and tonic trending hugely these days. Craft gins have taken over craft beers and the enormous goblets sparkling with pastel-coloured liquids are dished out in the pubs and bars throughout Britain.

Pimm’s ranks close, a uniquely British bitter-ish Pimm’s No.1 liqueur which gets mixed with mint, strawberries and cucumber and served in jugs.

And last but certainly not least, the iconic vodka Martini must be mentioned: shaken, not stirred.

prosecco grenadine and strawberry cocktail

My strawberry fizz

You don’t need a cocktail shaker or any improvised substitutions thereof to make strawberry fizz. My cocktail offering is simple: a few frozen strawberries, a drop of Grenadine syrup and lots of sparkling wine: cava, prosecco or crémant. But if you wish to splash, use proper champagne; it will be the better for it.

This (non)recipe is a throwback to when The Weather Man and I first met. On one celebratory occasion, with a bottle of champers at room temperature and no patience to wait for it to chill sufficiently, we popped frozen berries into the glasses. The resulting fizz and sparkle was as lovely as the champagne buzz!

frozen strawberries

More frozen summery recipes

Watermelon granita with no added sugar makes a fantastic dessert when served with a scoop of ice cream. Plus, instructions on how to cube a watermelon.

Cold brewed ice coffee made overnight in a jar or a jug – 3 scoops per a cup of water per person. You can easily cold brew delicious coffee for a smooth iced drink.

Tomato sorbet made from fresh tomatoes, without an ice cream maker, is the perfect summer appetizer or palate cleanser.

More strawberry recipes

Slow roasted strawberries become jammy but not too sickly, coated in luscious syrup, and they have a multitude of uses in desserts, cakes and afternoon tea confections.

Strawberry fool is the supreme of strawberries and cream, with layers of vanilla scented whipped cream and gorgeous fresh strawberry puree, barely sweetened.

Italian style homemade ice cream without eggs with pureed fresh strawberry swirl. It’s not always all about raspberry ripple, you know.

strawberry fizz cocktail

Strawberry fizz

Servings: 4Time: 5 minutes


  • 150g small fresh strawberries, with tops intact
  • grenadine syrup
  • sparkling wine: prosecco, crémant or cava


1. Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries; halve a few of them. Place them on a plate and freeze.

2. Pour 1 tsp of the grenadine syrup into champagne or large wine glasses.

3. Add a few frozen halves and whole strawberries and top with the sparkling wine.

Originally published: Wed, 26 July, 2017

NEW recipe finder

Ingredients lying around and no idea what to cook with them? Then use my NEW Recipe Finder for inspiration!

Recipe Finder

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published

Characters left 800
Recipe rating
Email address*
Web site name
Be notified by email when a comment is posted

* required

Cuisine Fiend's

most recent

About me

Hello! I'm Anna Gaze, the Cuisine Fiend. Welcome to my recipe collection.

I have lots of recipes for you to choose from: healthy or indulgent, easy or more challenging, quick or involved - but always tasty.


Sign up to receive the weekly recipes updates

Follow Fiend