Learn the history of the Ramos Gin Fizz with Madam Geneva & Gent
Discover the history of the creative cocktail invented in 19th-century New Orleans by Henry C. Ramos, featuring ingredients like cream, orange flower water, and fresh citrus juice with London Dry Gin.
Imagine having to wait at least 10 minutes for your drink at a bar. Not because it's busy, but because it takes that long to make it right. Now, imagine what it's like to be the bartender taking orders for dozens of these time-consuming tipples at once. That's the situation in which Henry Charles Ramos found himself back in 1888, as the proprietor of New Orleans's Imperial Cabinet Saloon.
There, the man known for his love of mixing things invented what was originally called the New Orleans Fizz, a drink with surprising ingredients like egg white, orange flower water, and, in the initial incarnation, powdered sugar.
Not only were its components unconventional, the procedure for preparing the fizzy libation was also ostensibly outlandish, calling for a minimum mixing time of 10 minutes of hand-shaking. At the height of its popularity, Ramos's New Orleans Gin Fizz required the endurance of 20 to 60 "shaker boys," as they were known, feverishly working behind the bar in an assembly line to meet its sky-high demand.
These days, the frothy concoction is more commonly known as the "Ramos Gin Fizz" to credit its creator. And while it still takes stamina to shake it up to perfection (or, nowadays, an automatic shaker), the modern recipe makes it less messy by replacing powdered sugar with simple syrup.
Discover how to recreate this satisfying drink at home with the fabulous duo of gin experts, Emma Parker and Wil Watts, a.k.a. Madam Geneva & Gent, in another segment of their exciting Summer Cocktail Series. You'll delve into the history of the inspiringly creative Ramos Gin Fizz, and enjoy an educational experience that's perfect for gin lovers.
Download recipe: Madam Geneva & Gent's Ramos Gin Fizz
Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe:
- Spirit measure
- Cocktail shaker
- Chopping board
- Lemon squeezer
- Measuring jug
- 50ml London Dry Gin
- 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 20ml sugar syrup
- 5ml orange flower water
- 3 drops of vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 egg white
- 15ml double cream
- Sparkling water to top
- Add all ingredients - bar the sparkling water – to a cocktail shaker and shake hard without ice. This part is called the dry shake and we suggest 3-5 mins hard shaking.
- Open the shaker, add ice, and shake again for about a minute until the drink is chilled.
- Strain into a chilled glass and top up with sparkling water.
- Add a slice of orange to garnish.
Note: The drink can get very fizzy so please rest your cocktail shaker after shaking and allow the drink to calm before opening carefully. We suggest you use a tea towel whilst shaking.