a Ramos Gin Fizz

Friday, October 8, 2010

The fizz is a cocktail classic, and demands only two things: a little citrus and sparkling water. The Ramos gin fizz, also known as the Ramos fizz or the New Orleans fizz, was invented in the 1880's by Henry C. Ramos at Meyer's Restaurant; made properly, it's one of the most delicious drinks on Earth.

Ramos Gin Fizz

2 oz gin
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 freshly squeezed lime juice
3/4 simple syrup
2 or 3 drops of orange blossom water
1 oz heavy cream
1 egg white
Soda water

Combine gin, lemon juice, lime juice, syrup, orange blossom water, heavy cream and the white of one fresh egg in a shaker. Shake vigorously without ice (also called a dry shake) for at least one minute. Add ice and shake for up to 30 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass, then top with soda water.

Notes: I prefer Plymouth or Hayman's Old Tom Gin in this cocktail; something more herbacious, like Hendrick's, will overwhelm the delicate flavor of the orange flower water.

The most intoxicating orange flower water I've ever found is made by Nielsen-Massey. I highly recommend it for this cocktail and any other Persian or Middle Eastern dishes that call for orange blossom (also commonly called orange flower) water.

That egg white should be raw, but I promise it won't make you sick. Buy eggs from the Farmer's Market or your local organic shop-the fresher, the better. They add the most heavenly foam to any cocktail, and should not be something to fear!

Photo by Romulo Yanes for Gourmet.


  1. This is one of my fave drinks ever! I first had it in NOLA and now I can get a fab version at a new restaurant called Bourbon St. in our town!

  2. Annie, I love it! John was so excited when he found orange flower water at our local vegan coop (how SF!) that he bought it and made gin fizzes that afternoon!

  3. Oh I love this! Sounds so chic and yummy!

  4. this is just making me want a drink more and more as minutes go by... have a fantastic weekend!!!

  5. Just in time for the weekend. mmmmm

    This sounds delish!


  6. Sounds and looks delicious!
    Have a fabulous weekend


  7. can't like gin generally but this inspires me to have a go! divine image, living in france mine's a 'pastis'; cheers one 'n all ...

  8. Ok, I admit it...I really would like to be there sipping this fabulous cocktail with you!

  9. Wow this sounds and looks delicious!! I might have to round up those ingredients for the holiday weekend!


  10. What an elegant drink! Sounds absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing doll ;)

  11. That looks and sounds delicious!

  12. um... sorry but this sounds disgusting hahhaha. gin with raw egg and heavy cream?? you'll have to make it for me; i don't trust myself hahha.

  13. I know the ingredients don't sound like they should all come together in one glass, but the egg white is just for foam and the cream is for density. I'll have John make us a round the next time you're home (or we're in Germany)!

  14. I've never heard of it. it sounds (and looks) delicious!

  15. Any drink with bubbles or fizz is fine by me!

  16. This does sound great, but I am always a little leery of the raw eggs. But, I will have to give it a shot because it does sound so good.



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