Ramos gin fizz2014-04-14
- Yield : 1 drink
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 0m
- Ready In : 5m
Old School brunch cocktail
Back in the olden days, my favorite brunch cocktail was a Ramos Fizz. When I was brainstorming ideas for Easter brunch, this truly delicious cocktail came to mind. The Ramos Fizz was invented in New Orleans by Henry Ramos at his bar the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, way back in 1888. You could say he Ramos Fizz is an authentic antique.
Hand shaken forever
The trick to making an original Ramos Fizz is prolonged and vigorous shaking by hand. The more you shake the better the fizz. Some recipes call for shaking for a minute, others two minutes, but to make a great fizz you really have to shake it and shake it some more. Some sources say the original recipe called for hand shaking a fizz for 12 minutes! In fact, legend has it that back in the day at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, they had as many as 32 bar backs all lined up shaking fizz’s and passing them back and forth to keep the shaking going.
Or…if you aren’t feeling up to the fizz work out, you can whip one up in a blender. It works and you can make more than one cocktail at a time.
Raw egg whites
Raw egg whites are essential to a fizz. If you are wary of using raw eggs, you can use powdered eggs, or pasteurized eggs. Pasteurized eggs have been heated to specific FDA standards to reduce the number of pathogens in the eggs. Look for the red ‘P” stamped on the egg.
Orange flower water is essential
An essential ingredient for a Ramos Fizz is orange flower water, which is made from distilled bitter orange blossoms. In the old days you could buy orange flower water at the grocery store, or at a reasonably well-stocked liquor store. When I decided to publish a Ramos Fizz recipe I looked high and low for orange flower water, and even called several restaurants looking for it. Weirdly, no one had it, and most of the people I talked to didn’t even know what it was. I finally ordered orange flower water on Amazon, and you can too by clicking here. Alternatively, orange flower water can be purchased at many Middle Eastern stores, as it is used in Middle Eastern and North African dishes.
Many of the recipes I have seen call out London Dry gin, but I like the floral notes that Hendrick’s gin gives this old school cocktail.
Thank you to Nancy Greene for her beautiful photography in Puamana, Maui.
Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic old-school hand-shaken cocktail, that takes a little effort to find the ingredients, but the effort is well worth it. Or you can cheat and use a blender. Ingredients Instructions
Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic old-school hand-shaken cocktail, that takes a little effort to find the ingredients, but the effort is well worth it. Or you can cheat and use a blender.
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