The history of most cocktails involves a bit of mystery and a few obscure second-hand tales. Providing a delicious deviation from the norm, the Ramos Gin Fizz keeps no secrets about its origin.
History of the Ramos Gin Fizz
In 1888 in the heart of New Orleans, this frothy drink was brought to existence by Henry Charles “Carl” Ramos. Bartending at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, Ramos had no idea that his experimentation would prove as memorable as it has. New Orleans is a historic city, and this drink is one of its most iconic cocktails. Still in circulation today, this classic has remained a popular drink choice for locals and tourists.
Don’t think this cocktail is nothing but good times, as bartenders greet this frothy libation with equal parts delight and dismay. This cocktail combines gin, simple syrup, citrus, heavy cream, egg white, club soda, and orange flower water, providing a broad flavor palette and an assortment of textures.
Ramos preferred to use the well-loved gin Old Tom as the foundation for the drink. Today though, most recipes suggest London Dry gin to maintain strong flavor against the sugar and citrus tartness. Richness is brought to the cocktail by the heavy cream, and egg whites give a pleasant mouthfeel. Orange flower water adds a floral note and a dash of New Orleans flair. Lastly, sparkling water brings the perfect amount of airiness to the cocktail.
That’s enough talk of the flawless combination of flavors. It’s time to discuss the shaking. Legend claims that a roster of “shaker men” were a necessary fixture in the bar to keep up with the continuous requests for this cumbersome creation of a cocktail. With a supposed shake time ranging from 12-15 minutes, it’s no surprise Ramos wanted back-up.
That little tidbit shouldn’t discourage you. After all, the best things usually require some elbow grease. This foamy, delicious drink is well worth the effort, so don’t worry about breaking the heart of your bartender. Most professionals today can shake one up for you in under a minute!
Ramos Gin Fizz
- 2 Oz Gin
- ½ Oz Heavy Cream
- ¾ Oz Simple Syrup
- ½ Oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ½ Oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Fresh Egg White
- 3 Splashes Orange Flower Water
- Club Soda
- Combine gin, heavy cream, simple syrup, lime and lemon juices, egg white and orange flower water into shaker and dry-shake rapidly for 10 seconds
- Add ice and shake liquid for a minimum of 15 seconds or until well-chilled
- Pour into a Collins glass
- Swish a small amount of club soda back and forth between the empty shaker halves to pick up any remaining cream and egg white, then use it to top off the cocktail
Please note, this cocktail contains raw egg whites. Consuming raw eggs may increase food-borne illness risk, especially in people with existing medical conditions.
While it may not have mysterious origins, you’ll be curious why you never tried it sooner! Whether you’re out on the town or just trying to recreate that New Orleans magic in your own home, the Ramos Gin Fizz is a cocktail you won’t regret trying. So grab the ingredients, turn on some jazz, and enjoy this classic New Orleans beverage.