The Doctor Who Tribute Cocktail: The 11th Doctor’s Gin Fez


River Song: “Right then. I have questions, but number one is this. What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?”

The Doctor: “It’s a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.”

The 11th Doctor didn’t get to wear his cool Fez for long but it’s become an iconic part of his costume. In honor of Doctor Who’s most recent Doctor’s popular topper, The Nerdista created a cool drink.

The Nerdista presents . . . the Gin Fez.

Modeled after the classic drink the Gin Fizz, like all of the Nerdista’s cocktail creations, this baby has a bit of a twist that will have your friends asking “what in the name of sanity have you got in your drink?”

Gin Fez


  • 1-1.5 oz Chambord black raspberry liquor
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (also known as confectioners sugar)
  • lemon flavored carbonated water

You will also need:

  • 2 ice cubes
  • cocktail shaker
  • highball glass
  • shot glass

First, fill your shot glass with Chambord black raspberry liquor, also known in The Nerdista’s house as the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

"O Lord, bless this thy Hand Grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy."

Here is the tricky part, and it may take a little practice, but I promise it’s oh so worth it. Take your Chambord filled shot glass in one hand and your highball glass in the other. Invert the highball glass over the top of the shot glass in your hand, pressing the shot glass into the bottom of the highball glass. In one swift motion, flip the highball glass over while still holding the shot glass and set the whole thing down on a flat surface. The Chambord filled shot glass will now be upside down in the bottom of your highball glass and should look something like this –

"It's a fez."

Next, place the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker: 2 oz of gin, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar. Add two ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain the ice-cubes and pour the now cold, shaken gin/juice/sugar mixture into your prepared fez glass. Fill the remaining area in the glass with cold lemon-flavored carbonated water. Your finished cocktail will now look like this –

I drink a Gin Fez now. Gin Fezzes are cool.

Once the rest of the cocktail is poured on top of the shot glass fez, gravity and the surface tension of the Chambord will keep the shot glass stable and leak-free in the bottom of your glass. See, this cocktail is held together through science!

The Gin Fez is best enjoyed with a straw to leave the fez intact. You can sip the drink via the straw, leaving the Chambord fez untouched as a decoration in the bottom. For a sweeter drink, you can use the straw to stir the shot glass around in the bottom of the glass, breaking the surface tension and blending the Chambord with the rest of the cocktail. Either way, have fun enjoying your The Nerdista original cocktail.

You may also enjoy The Nerdista’s 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver cocktail.

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One Response to The Doctor Who Tribute Cocktail: The 11th Doctor’s Gin Fez

  1. Cat says:

    O.O I think I’m in love with you……

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