It’s Mardi Gras time! Even if you’re not in New Orleans, this is the day to pretend like you are. I rounded up a few Mardi Gras cocktails last week, but today I’m sharing another one of my favorite New Orleans cocktails: The Ramos Gin Fizz.
This drink is a lovely mix of light and airy with rich and creamy. I like to use a gin with floral qualities, because I think it gives the drink a delicate touch. But it’s also great with a more intense, juniper-heavy gin.
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Ramos Gin Fizz
2 ounces London dry gin
1 ounce heavy cream
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 dash orange blossom water
1 large egg white
1 ounce seltzer water or club soda
Pour gin, orange blossom water, egg white, cream, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker (without any ice). Shake well for about 30 seconds. Add ice (about a cup or so) and shake again for 30 seconds more.
Strain into a chilled 8-10 ounce glass, then top with the seltzer water or club soda. Enjoy!
Orange flower water is often used in Mediterranean cooking and desserts. I was able to find it in my regular grocery store. If you are unable to find it, you can order it online. Rose water or other floral waters could be an interesting substitute.
If you are worried about consuming raw eggs, you can use pasteurized or powdered egg whites.
Recommendations for floral gins: Nolet’s, Hendrick’s, New Amsterdam
Recommendations for juniper-forward gins: Broker’s, Oxley, Beefeater.
Photo by Infrogmation New Orleans