The first and only time I had this drink was in, of course, New Orleans! I still remember the creamy fresh taste and wouldn't drink anything else during my visit. It is definitely a southern drink and in certain areas in the east.
The trick is to shake it - a lot and vigorously as in the full five minutes Mr. Ramos' original recipe specified. Supposedly you should be able to stand a drinking straw up in the finished product.
RAMOS GIN FIZZ
(adapted from Gary Regan, The Joy of Mixology)
2 ounces of gin
1 ounce cream (I used heavy whipping cream)
1 fresh egg white
3 drops orange flower water(I used 2 measures from the tiny plastic insert in the cap of the bottle)
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
club soda or seltzer water (set aside for topping off the drink)
Combine all ingredients (except club soda) in a cocktail shaker over ice. Wrap the shaker in a tea towel and shale vigorously for five minutes. (it's easier if you have two people to trade off) Strain into a tall, narrow glass (such as a Collins glass or champagne flute) and top off with a splash of club soda or seltzer.
Garnish with an orange wheel, and serve with a straw - and an iced-tea spoon so you can relish every drop!
NOTE: As you can see I garnished with a lime - it's MARCH!!!
before the devil knows your dead.