Ramos Gin Fizz: a New Orleans Original Cocktail

Traditionally, the month of February is often associated with winter’s harshest qualities. However, February also marks the advent of the carnival season. Carnival is a time of expression, celebration, and community. When seeking guidance of how to properly celebrate, we look to New Orleans, the American purveyor of all things spectacle and celebration. The Mardi Gras festival commenced this week in Louisiana and will conclude on March 4th, on the day of Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”. In this post, we will explore the history of Mardi Gras and a New Orleans’s original cocktail, the Ramos Gin Fizz, in an attempt to inspire a carnival all of your own.

Mardi Gras traditions were founded in the 17th and 18th centuries in medieval Europe, as a celebration of gluttony and access prior to the Lenten season. French colonists brought this tradition to the Americas with the first Mardi Gras celebration taking place in modern day Louisiana in 1703. Over the years Mardi Gras has evolved to include parades, floats, and extravagant balls. All the beads, papier-mâché, masquerades, music, and food culminate to an extreme communal expression of creativity and celebration of life.

Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail Ingredients Huzza

Since 1888, the Ramos Gin Fizz has been a staple of Mardi Gras celebrations blending traditions of extravagance and mystery. The Ramos Ginn Fizz was invented by beloved bartender Henry C. Ramos and contains gin, lemon juice, lime juice, egg white, cream and orange flower water. The Ramos Gin Fizz is not the easiest cocktail to mix up, but the velvety smooth consistency of the fizz done right is well worth the effort. Upon releasing his recipe, Henry Ramos offered some advice: “shake and shake and shake until there is not a bubble left but the drink is smooth and snowy white and of the consistency of good rich milk. The secret in success lies in the good care you take and in your patience.”

Ramos Gin Fizz CocktailRAMOS GIN FIZZ 1888

2 oz gin
1 egg white
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz simple syrup
3 drops orange blossom water
1 oz heavy cream
1 oz soda or seltzer water

Dry shake gin, egg white, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup and orange blossom water for 2 plus minutes.

Add ice and heavy cream to shaker.
Shake again for 2 plus minutes, the longer the better.

Strain into a chilled highball glass over soda or seltzer water to form a delicious meringue foam that lofts above the top of the glass. Garnish with an orange wheel or twist and enjoy.

The Ramos Gin Fizz is sweet with notes of citrus and a dry finish. Refreshing yet warm and cozy… it’s dangerous!

Carnival is a time of expression, a great and magnificent party where we all can be inspired and awed. An influx of inspiration doesn’t necessarily need to culminate with the procession of a parade or wild bash, sometimes the mixing of a generous cocktail, preparation of a gorgeous meal, or arranging a gathering with distant friends is simply enough to infuse a new sense of wonder and inspiration back into our lives. We encourage you to take the time this carnival season to do something extravagant, to celebrate in your own way and to raise a special glass to a time of year filled with creative energy, passion and fun.

Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail Huzza

Our Ramos Gin Fizz is pictured here with Moser’s Topaz Pebbles Highball, Alessi Chiringuito Cocktail Shaker and the Dransfield and Ross Jacknife Cocktail Napkin.

 

 

Photography: Cody MacCready
Writing: Kate Bonsted

 

 

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