Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Ramos gin fizz

Dear lord, this cocktail is good.  I don't know who this Ramos guy is, but where have you been all my life?

Having only discovered this in early 2014, it's amazing that it's my favorite cocktail.

If you can see by the ingredients list that follows, this cocktail is a pain in the ass to make.  Ask a bartender to make it on a busy Saturday night, and they'll either tell you to fuck off, or be careful for any bartender phlegm mixed up in that fizz.

So, I had to learn how to make it myself.  Actually, learning how to make it is not really that hard...just follow the steps, like anything else.  The hard part is casually keeping all the ingredients in stock at any given time the craving hits you.  (And what the hell is orange blossom water, anyway?  Who even knew this ingredient existed?  At least rose water gets used in baklava, so there's a chance you'd know it.  Who's making orange baklava?)

Anyway, here's the ingredients list.  No need for instructions:  Just shake it all up with ice and pour it into a Tom Collins glass.  (Luckily in my apartment, all of my drinking glasses are either pint glasses, double old fashioned glasses, or Collins glasses.  You know you're an alcoholic when....)

Ramos Gin Fizz
  • ¼ cup (2 oz.) gin
  • 1 dash (3 to 4 drops) orange blossom water*
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tbsp (½ oz.) half-and-half
  • 1 tbsp (½ oz.) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (½ oz.) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (½ oz.) simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp (1 oz.) seltzer

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