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With a velvety smooth and rich mouthfeel, citrusy flavor, meringue-like frothy head, and a hint of vanilla, this Ramos Gin Fizz recipe tastes like an orange creamisicle!

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Food with an interesting story is so much better, right?! That goes double for drinks!

Bar owner Mr. Henry Charles “Carl” Ramos invented this lovely beverage in 1888 at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was highly respected in the community and reputed for being a gentleman. He closed his bar at 8pm nightly, was open for a mere 2 hours on Sunday afternoons, and only accepted well-behaved clientele.

Mr. Ramos created a culture of quality over quantity. That was the backdrop for the creation of this beverage. The original drink was called a “New Orleans Fizz”. It contained powdered sugar and was shaken for 12 minutes.

The drink was a smashing hit! Because of this, Mr. Ramos usually had 20 “shaker boys” (aka bartenders) working at any given time.

You can read more about the history of this drink on Gambino’s, Liquor.com, and Difford’s Guide.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • The flavor profile of a classic Ramos Gin Fizz can be described as a lemon meringue alcoholic drink. With a hint of vanilla added and a few drops of orange blossom water, the flavor profile changes to creamsicle. It’s perfect for adults who are still kids at heart.
  • As whimsical as this drink is, it’s equally elegant. It’s served in a sleek and tall Collins glass, and is a gorgeous creamy shade of yellow with a foamy white head.
  • You can use a fresh egg white or pasteurized egg white.

The Best Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail

Ingredients

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  • Gin
  • Simple syrup
  • Heavy cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Orange blossom water
  • Vanilla extract
  • Fresh or pasteurized egg white
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda

Step-by-Step Instructions

how to make ramos gin fizz
  1. Add the gin, simple syrup, heavy cream, lemon juice, lime juice, orange blossom water, vanilla, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (no ice) vigorously for 10 seconds.
  2. Add the ice.
  3. Shake for 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into a Collins glass.
  5. Top with club soda.
  6. Garnish with orange and mint.

Tips

  • For a lemon meringue pie-flavored beverage, omit the vanilla and use all lemon juice (1 ounce total) instead of a combination of lemon and lime juice.
  • For a key lime pie-inspired drink, omit the vanilla and use all lime juice (1 ounce total) instead of a combination of lemon and lime juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lime zest as well.
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Ramos Gin Fizz FAQs

What is the Difference Between a Gin Fizz and a Ramos Fizz?

A Gin Fizz typically contains lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin shaken together with ice. It’s then strained into a Collins glass and topped with chilled club soda.

On the other hand, a Ramos Gin Fizz adds lime juice, orange blossom water, heavy cream, and an egg white.

The resulting difference is that a Ramos Fizz is a bit more velvety smooth, richer flavored, and has a more meringue-like frothy white cap.

What Does a Ramos Gin Fizz Taste Like?

This classic New Orleans cocktail tastes like a lemon meringue pie! It has a luscious creamy mouthfeel with a bright citrusy flavor. And the foamy top does a great job of simulating meringue.

However, this version that adds vanilla tastes just like a creamsicle with an orange and vanilla flavor profile!

close up of foam on top of gin fizz

Why Add Egg White to a Cocktail?

Adding an egg white does several things to a cocktail.

Egg white enhances a cocktail’s rich, silky mouthfeel. It adds volume to the drink because air bubbles become trapped in the white when you shake the drink. And egg white helps create a frothy, foamy top known as a “head”.

Additionally, egg white can help mute intense flavors, such as bitters or sour components.

And the great thing about egg white is that it’s flavorless!

How Do You Make a Frothy Cocktail?

This recipe utilizes two techniques to make a frothy cocktail: 1) shaking the drink with an egg white, and 2) topping it off with club soda!

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Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Yields: 1 serving
With a velvety smooth and rich mouthfeel, citrusy flavor, meringue-like frothy head, and a hint of vanilla, this Ramos Gin Fizz recipe tastes like an orange creamisicle!

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Ingredients
 

Garnish Suggestions:

  • Quarter orange wheel
  • Mint sprig

Instructions
 

  • Add the gin, simple syrup, heavy cream, lemon juice, lime juice, orange blossom water, vanilla, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (no ice) vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Add the ice and shake for 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a Collins glass and top with club soda.
  • Garnish with orange and mint.

Notes

  • Raw Egg White: You can use a fresh egg white or pasteurized egg white, whichever you are more comfortable with.
  • Lemon and Lime Juice: For the best flavor, use freshly-squeezed lemon and lime juice.
  • If You’re Fancy: Traditionally, you pour both the strained cocktail and the chilled club soda into the glass at the same time so they run together and form a single stream of liquid. I don’t have those kinds of skills, but if you do, give it a go!
  • For a lemon meringue pie-flavored beverage, omit the vanilla and use all lemon juice (1 ounce total) instead of a combination of lemon and lime juice.
  • For a key lime pie-inspired drink, omit the vanilla and use all lime juice (1 ounce total) instead of a combination of lemon and lime juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lime zest as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ramos Gin Fizz, Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe

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