A New Orleans institution, the Ramos Gin Fizz was created by Henry Charles Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in 1888! Since then it has become one of the city’s enduring classics!
If you have ever been to New Orleans, you would definitely have seen the Ramos Gin Fizz on the menu. This is one of the most famous cocktails to come out of the Big Easy. Invented in the late 1800s, Ramos Gin Fizzes are still just as popular as ever. Although the Imperial Cabinet Saloon no longer exists, you can find a Ramos Fizz in almost every bar in the French Quarter and the rest of New Orleans. My favorite is at the Roosevelt Hotel! Don’t wait until Mardi Gras to try it!
Invented by New Orleans bartender Henry Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, the Ramos Gin Fizz was initially named the New Orleans Fizz, due to its setting. That Ramos’s original recipe required vigorous shaking of the cocktail in a shaker for at least a 12 minute shake time! The cocktail was so popular that “shaker boys” were hired specifically to shake, shake, shake in pursuit of the obtaining the perfect creaminess and frothy topping!
Now I doubt that anyone can shake a cocktail for 12 minutes straight and by making sure you do the dry shake first for a couple of minutes than you can achieve pretty good results at home.
What goes into a Ramos Gin Fizz recipe?
This is one of the classic cocktails with loads of ingredients. It one of these cocktail recipes that most people let their bartenders (aka shaker men & women) make as it’s a bit complicated, but don’t let that stop you from trying one at home!
- Gin: London Dry Gin or Old Tom Gin are usually what’s asked for, but you can get creative and use whatever gin you love!
- Fresh Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a citrusy, tangy, and refreshing flavor to this cocktail. It cuts through the creaminess, thus balancing out the flavors.
- Fresh Lime juice: Although lime juice is also acidic it offers a hint of sweetness.
- Fresh Egg white: Raw egg whites are the magical ingredients that makes this drink creamy, rich, and foamy. Without egg whites, this drink is nothing but ordinary and has none of that white foam we love. Try aquafaba if you want to achieve it without using eggs.
- Simple syrup: With all the different citrus juice in the cocktail, you need a little sugar to balance it out.
- Heavy cream: Heavy cream also offers richness and, obviously, creaminess to this original Ramos Gin Fizz recipe
- Orange Blossom water: A few drops of this highly scented water work wonders to add the citrusy flavors of orange, the slight bitterness of the peel, and the floral notes and aroma of the orange blossoms.
- Club soda: Of course, you can use seltzer or sparkling water as well!
What tools you need to make Ramos Gin Fizz
You will definitely be needing a cocktail shaker for this one! Grab a jigger, a barspoon, and a rocks glass for this classic gin cocktail. You don’t need a team of bartenders to help you, just remember dry shaking is what it’s all about!
Firstly, the best method is by adding the gin, simple syrup, heavy cream, lemon and lime juices, orange blossom water, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Make sure there is no ice in there. Then start the dry shake! Start the first shaking for as long as you can. The more you shake, the better the foam. Now unseal the shaker, add as much ice as you want and begin the second shake, as long a shake as you can! Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass, either a collins glass or a highball glass. Now, pour a little soda water into the shaker so that you loosen the foam in it. Then pour the cold water directly into the highball glass and serve.
- 🍸Top Tip(le): Keep these tips in mind when making this cocktail:
- Add a dash of vanilla extract for more flavors.
- You can use half and half instead of heavy cream as well.
- Use orange-flavored gin for more flavor.
- You can always line the rim of the glass using orange blossom water and sugar.
Where to find more Fizzy recipes
Here are a few of my favorites:
- How to Make the Giffard Spiced Raspberry Fizz
- How to make the Red Whisky Fizz
- How to Make the Fenjiu Christmas Fizz Cocktail
- How To Make the Esprit de Figues Fizz
Plus more Fizz recipes here
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Where to find ingredients for Ramos Gin Fizz
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Here is the recipe!
Ramos Gin Fizz
A New Orleans classic, the Ramos Gin Fizz was created by Henry Charles “Carl” Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in 1888! Since then it has become one of the city's enduring classics!
- 2 ounces Gin
- 1/2 ounce Fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce Fresh lime juice
- 1 Egg white
- 3/4 ounce Simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce Heavy cream
- 3 dashes Orange flower water
- Club soda, to top
- Add the gin, simple syrup, heavy cream, equal parts lemon and lime juices, orange flower water and egg white into a shaker WITHOUT ICE
- Dry-shake until you can't anymore
- Add ice
- Shake, shake, shake
- Strain into a Highball glass.
- Pour club soda inside edge of shaker to loosen remaining froth. Add that gently into the drink and serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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