This is a take on the good ol’ classic Ramos Gin Fizz, which is typically made with citrus, cream, orange flower water and gin. I like to add fresh ingredients to the classic cocktails; fresh raspberries, citrus and a creamy refreshing flavor make this drink even more appealing. If you are wanting another option for a “brunch/morning” cocktail besides your typical Bloody Mary or Mimosa this is a good alternative. I used the Maxim Gin because it has a more floral taste profile versus a very juniper flavored gin which may over power the drink. The Maxim Gin is a french gin by Cognac Ferrand it is a soft, wheat based gin with a hint of violet/lavender to it and the price is right; that’s why I like it!
I myself am always intrigued by the history behind the Classic Cocktails; I thoroughly enjoy reinventing! The Ramos Fizz was first mentioned in print history in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide. The drink became very popular between the years of 1900 and the 1940’s, known as a hometown specialty of New Orleans, the drink in fact became so popular that bars would employ teams of bartenders to take turns shaking the drinks. You’ll find out what that means if you make your own; *shake, shake, shake, the more frothy the drink will be.
- 1 1/2 oz Maxim’s Gin ~ Made in France
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- Dash of Orange Blossom Water
- 1 Large Egg White
- 4-5 Fresh Raspberries
- 1/2 oz Heavy Cream
- 2 oz Sparkling Soda
Profile: Classic, Original/ Creamy, Sweet/Citrus, Refreshing
Glass: Collins, Coupe or Julep
Garnish: Fresh Raspberries
Add the fresh raspberries to your shaker tin, muddle a few times, then add all ingredients except the soda and ice.
*(A bartenders hint for shaking a good Ramos: take the curly spring off of your Hawthorne Strainer and put it in the tin while you are dry shaking)
Dry shake for about 8-10 seconds. Then add the ice and shake for a few seconds to chill. Pour into your desired glassware and top with sparkling soda.
Garnish with fresh raspberries.