Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail Drink

Ramos Gin Fizz

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Want a great drink? Try our Ramos Gin Fizz recipe. With these ingredients, making this cocktail is easy and fun.

Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe

Enjoy a classic with our Ramos Gin Fizz recipe! It's a simple mix of ingredients that's perfect for celebrations.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

326 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 drops orange flower water
  • Soda water, to top up
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Highball Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your highball glass to chill it.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour 1 egg white, 2-3 drops orange flower water, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz heavy cream, ½ oz fresh lemon juice, ½ oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Dry Shake: Shake the ingredients hard for 15-20 seconds.
  • Shake with ice: Ice up the shaker and shake for about 15-20 seconds
  • Strain: Pour the mixture through a strainer into an empty and chilled highball glass.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with chilled soda water.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: When I don't have gin on hand, vodka makes an acceptable substitute, though it lacks the distinct botanicals of gin. Some people also opt for a milder white rum.
  • Heavy Cream: I've found that half & half or even whole milk can work if you're out of heavy cream. The drink may be a tad less creamy, but it remains delicious.
  • Orange Flower Water: If unavailable, you can omit it, but it gives that special aromatic touch. Alternatively, a tiny pinch of finely grated orange zest can add a similar fragrance.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: For 8 servings, multiply each ingredient by 8. For instance, you'd need 16 oz of gin, 8 oz of heavy cream, etc.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients except the soda water in a large pitcher. Stir them well or shake the ingredients if you have a pitcher that can be sealed.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into highball glasses, top with soda water, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Non-alcoholic gins are now available, mimicking the botanicals of traditional gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Swap the gin with its non-alcoholic counterpart and follow the standard recipe. Enjoy a delightful, non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, is a great vegan alternative. Use 1 oz (30 ml) of aquafaba instead of the egg white.
  • Heavy Cream Substitute: Various plant-based creams are available, like coconut cream or almond milk cream. They will change the flavor slightly but keep the creamy texture.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
326
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Sodium
 
125
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Potassium
 
131
mg
4
%
Cholesterol
 
32
mg
11
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Vitamin A
 
425
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
39
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail Drink

Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy a classic with our Ramos Gin Fizz recipe! It's a simple mix of ingredients that's perfect for celebrations.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 326

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 drops orange flower water
  • Soda water - to top up
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Highball Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your highball glass to chill it.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour 1 egg white, 2-3 drops orange flower water, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz heavy cream, ½ oz fresh lemon juice, ½ oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Dry Shake: Shake the ingredients hard for 15-20 seconds.
  • Shake with ice: Ice up the shaker and shake for about 15-20 seconds
  • Strain: Pour the mixture through a strainer into an empty and chilled highball glass.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with chilled soda water.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: When I don't have gin on hand, vodka makes an acceptable substitute, though it lacks the distinct botanicals of gin. Some people also opt for a milder white rum.
  • Heavy Cream: I've found that half & half or even whole milk can work if you're out of heavy cream. The drink may be a tad less creamy, but it remains delicious.
  • Orange Flower Water: If unavailable, you can omit it, but it gives that special aromatic touch. Alternatively, a tiny pinch of finely grated orange zest can add a similar fragrance.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: For 8 servings, multiply each ingredient by 8. For instance, you'd need 16 oz of gin, 8 oz of heavy cream, etc.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients except the soda water in a large pitcher. Stir them well or shake the ingredients if you have a pitcher that can be sealed.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into highball glasses, top with soda water, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Non-alcoholic gins are now available, mimicking the botanicals of traditional gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Swap the gin with its non-alcoholic counterpart and follow the standard recipe. Enjoy a delightful, non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, is a great vegan alternative. Use 1 oz (30 ml) of aquafaba instead of the egg white.
  • Heavy Cream Substitute: Various plant-based creams are available, like coconut cream or almond milk cream. They will change the flavor slightly but keep the creamy texture.

What is a Ramos Gin Fizz?

Ramos Gin Fizz is a gin cocktail featuring cream, citrus juices, and egg whites. Many consider it a hallmark in the world of mixology due to its unique, frothy texture and refreshing taste. The drink’s origins trace back to New Orleans, where Henry C. Ramos crafted it in the late 19th century. Its fame spread rapidly, turning it into a beloved classic. Despite its sophisticated profile, anyone can enjoy this drink without expert bartending skills. Moreover, the Ramos Gin Fizz holds the distinction of being listed as an official cocktail by the International Bartenders Association (IBA), underscoring its esteemed status in the cocktail universe.

A side shot of a Ramos Gin Fizz in a highball glass on a green cloth surrounded by two lemons, an egg, three sugar cubes, and a lime, in front of a light turquoise wall.

What is a Ramos Gin Fizz made of – The ingredients

A Ramos Gin Fizz is crafted with these key ingredients:

  • Gin: The primary spirit that provides the foundational alcoholic base and botanical flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: Adds a rich and creamy texture to the cocktail.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Introduces a zesty brightness to balance the sweetness.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Contributes additional citrus notes for a refreshing tang.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink, complementing the sour citrus flavors.
  • Egg White: Gives the cocktail its signature frothy and silky mouthfeel.
  • Orange Flower Water: Infuses a delicate floral aroma that elevates the drink’s complexity.
  • Soda Water: Tops of the cocktail, adding bubbles and lightness.

Gin, heavy cream, simple syrup, egg, orange flower water, sugar cubes, lime, and lemon laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Ramos Gin Fizz?

Our guide provides detailed instructions for crafting a Ramos Gin Fizz:

1
<p>Stir some ice cubes in your highball glass to chill it.</p>

Stir some ice cubes in your highball glass to chill it.

2
<p>Pour the egg white into the shaker.</p>

Pour the egg white into the shaker.

3
<p>Pour the orange flower water into the shaker.</p>

Pour the orange flower water into the shaker.

4
<p>Add the lemon juice to the mix.</p>

Add the lemon juice to the mix.

5
<p>Add the lime juice to the mix.</p>

Add the lime juice to the mix.

6
<p>Incorporate the simple syrup.</p>

Incorporate the simple syrup.

7
<p>Incorporate the heavy cream.</p>

Incorporate the heavy cream.

8
<p>Pour the Gin into the shaker.</p>

Pour the Gin into the shaker.

9
<p>Firmly seal the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds, ensuring all ingredients combine and the egg white froths up.</p>

Firmly seal the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds, ensuring all ingredients combine and the egg white froths up.

10
<p>Then, add ice cubes to the shaker.</p>

Then, add ice cubes to the shaker.

11
<p>Pour the mixture over the ice cubes.</p>

Pour the mixture over the ice cubes.

12
<p> Shake again for about the same time.</p>

Shake again for about the same time.

13
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.

14
<p>Strain the mixture into your chilled highball glass to remove ice fragments.</p>

Strain the mixture into your chilled highball glass to remove ice fragments.

15
<p>Top with soda to introduce bubbles and create a light, airy finish.</p>

Top with soda to introduce bubbles and create a light, airy finish.

16
<p>Enjoy your Ramos Gin Fizz!</p>

Enjoy your Ramos Gin Fizz!

Ramos Gin Fizz with Vodka

Using vodka in a Ramos Gin Fizz instead of the traditional gin alters the drink’s flavor profile. Vodka provides a neutral base, highlighting the creamy, citrusy elements of the cocktail. In contrast, gin introduces botanical nuances that intertwine with the other ingredients. The drink becomes smoother and more straightforward by opting for vodka, lacking the herbal complexity that gin imparts.

Can I use a blender when making a Ramos Gin Fizz?

When crafting a Ramos Gin Fizz, many might wonder about using a blender. Let’s clear the air. While traditionally, the drink relies on a vigorous handshake to achieve its iconic frothiness, a blender can simplify the process. Using one guarantees a consistent, airy texture every time. However, purists might argue that hand-shaking gives the drink its authentic charm. A blender does the trick if you’re short on time or arm strength. But if you’re after the authentic experience and workout, shaking by hand is the way to go. Whatever method you choose, the result is a delightful, creamy concoction.

A close side shot of a Ramos Gin Fizz in a highball glass on a green cloth surrounded by an egg, sugar cubes, and a lemon.

Why is a Ramos Gin Fizz popular in San Francisco?

While the Ramos Gin Fizz was born in New Orleans, it quickly found a second home in San Francisco. The City by the Bay, with its eclectic tastes and love for fine drinks, embraced the cocktail with open arms. Bars across the city began to feature it, and patrons, charmed by its creamy texture and unique flavor, made it a staple order. It’s no surprise that a drink so intricate and delightful would resonate with San Franciscans. Over the years, the drink became a symbolic drink of San Francisco, standing shoulder to shoulder with other classics, capturing the city’s vibrant spirit in a glass.

Variations

  • Sloe Gin Fizz: The drink is unique and features sloe gin, which is a sweet red liqueur made from gin and the sloe, a plum-like berry. The inclusion of sloe gin lends a distinctive fruity and slightly tart quality that sets it apart. The beautiful color and smooth texture make it a visual and sensory delight. Personally, I find the blend of the sweet and tart flavors from the sloe berries combined with the zesty lemon juice utterly captivating. It’s a refreshing and enjoyable twist that I always look forward to savoring.
  • Yuzu Fizz: This inventive concoction stands out with its inclusion of yuzu juice, a citrus fruit known for its unique and aromatic flavor. The addition of aquafaba, a vegan alternative to egg whites, maintains the fizzy texture while making it a vegan-friendly option. The combination of gin and Thai basil complements the distinct yuzu flavor, resulting in a wonderfully refreshing and slightly exotic experience. I’m particularly impressed with the use of aquafaba, which not only caters to a wider audience but also retains the classic fizziness, making it a guilt-free pleasure for me.
  • Hibiscus Fizz: This eye-catching option forgoes gin entirely and instead uses tequila reposado and hibiscus, two popular Mexican ingredients. The striking color of the hibiscus syrup paired with lime juice creates a visually stunning presentation. The addition of half-and-half adds a creamy dimension, balancing the bright flavors with a smooth texture. The blend of vibrant hibiscus and smooth tequila is something I truly enjoy. It’s a lively and creamy delight that always brings a burst of joy to my palate.

A Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Gin, heavy cream, simple syrup, egg, orange flower water, sugar cubes, lime, and lemon.

History and Origin

The Ramos Gin Fizz, also known as the New Orleans Fizz, traces its roots back to the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1888, Henry C. Ramos, a talented bartender, concocted this unique and frothy drink at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon. The cocktail’s distinctive blend of ingredients and its velvety texture quickly garnered attention, making it a favorite among patrons.

As the drink’s popularity surged, it posed a challenge during the busy Mardi Gras celebrations. The cocktail required a lengthy and vigorous shaking to achieve its signature frothiness. To meet the demand and ensure consistent quality, Ramos even hired a team of “shaker boys” whose sole job was to shake the mixture to its ideal consistency.

The Prohibition era threatened the cocktail’s existence, as the Ramos family decided to close their bar rather than pivot to selling non-alcoholic beverages. However, the drink’s legacy endured. After Prohibition ended, the drink returned triumphantly and became a beloved classic in cocktail history.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Ramos Gin Fizz?
It typically contains around 200-250 calories, depending on the exact measurements and ingredients used.
How strong is a Ramos Gin Fizz in terms of alcohol content?
It usually has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 12-15%, translating to 24-30 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Ramos Gin Fizz?
Gin serves as the primary alcoholic base.
In which glass is a Ramos Gin Fizz typically served?
The cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass.
What does a Ramos Gin Fizz taste like?
The drink offers a creamy and citrusy flavor profile, complemented by a subtle floral aroma from the orange flower water.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Ramos Gin Fizz?
While exact ratios can vary, a common approach is equal parts of lemon and lime juice, with gin, heavy cream, egg white, simple syrup, and orange flower water, topped with a splash of soda.
How is the Ramos Gin Fizz served in terms of ice or temperature?
It's typically shaken with ice to chill, then strained into a tall glass without ice served "up".

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