Sunday, March 15, 2009


Around Mardi Gras I made the comment I had wanted to make the Ramos Gin Fizz but the Orange Flower Water I ordered had not arrived at that time... IT ARRIVED!!
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.

(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!!!

May you be in heaven a half hour
before the devil knows your dead


Cynthia said...

Barb, I would definitely say waiting for the orange flower water to arrive was worth it ... a beautiful drink.

I can see why you would want to trade off shaking with someone. Five minutes seems like a long time.

Yours looks like a straw COULD stand up in it. So, how did it taste compared to what you remembered?

SusanQ said...

Not a big gin fan (ever since I got sick on Gin Gimlets quite a few years ago - LOL) but this does sound delightful! What a wonderful photo too~


Jayne said...

Barb, what a great looking drink! I saw this madeon Food Network a couple of weeks ago. Nice pics!

Kathleen said...

Well it sure LOOKS good.
The straw might stand up, but I would be flat out !
That's a great pic too!

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Barb, what a pretty drink! I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks too.

Mama said...

Mixology sounds like a good subject to study and your Ramoz Gin Fizz looks delicious. Kathy.

Marsha said...

Bottoms Up!

Your drink sounds wonderful and the best thing about mixing it means you have to have a friend to share the shaking and drinking :)

I had the same experience with gin as Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gin is probably my favorite liquor. I will have to try this. It sounds wonderful to me!

Thank you for sharing, and isn't it pretty!!!


Sheila :-)

Bo said...

This is a pretty drink! 5 minutes of shaking would be a great exercise for the underarm batwings too... LOL ;-) Bo

ellen b. said...

I'm thinking I might just have to have Dear mix and shake this up for me to go with my corned beef and cabbage tonight!!!

Dishesdone said...

Great looking drink, Barb! I never had one but I'm a fan of gin! Will have to try! Great picture!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.