Wine Down Wednesday :: The Ramos Gin Fizz

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

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I might be hard pressed to find a drink more appetizing and yummy as this. What makes a good cocktail for me is not only the taste, but the rich history behind it. The Ramos Gin Fizz has it all.

The Ramos Gin Fizz was crafted by Henry C. Ramos in 1888 at his bar in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before the prohibition, it was said that Ramos employed over 20 bartenders in order to meet the demands of making this drink.

The cocktail is now known as one of New Orleans most famous drinks. It has become more of a brunch time staple because of it’s fizzy and soothing qualities after a night out. Expect to wait a little bit after ordering. It takes approximately 12 minutes to mix and is definitely worth the wait.

Ingredients
*1 1/2 oz. gin
*1 oz. simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
*1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
*1/2 oz. fresh-squeeze lime juice
*1 egg white (pasteurized) or powdered egg white
*1 oz. heavy cream
*3 drops orange flower water
*1 oz. club soda, chilled

In a shaker, combine all ingredients except soda and shake vigorously to combine. Add ice cubes and shake again for at least two minutes to provide the drink’s distinctive silky texture. Strain into tapered highball glass or wine flute, top with club soda, stir, and serve.

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