The Ramos Gin Fizz. Probably my favorite cocktail ever, and one that goes back over one hundred years.

It was in the 1880’s that Henry C. Ramos first mixed up his famous potion at his bar in New Orleans. The unique combination of ingredients in this drink requires an extraordinary amount of shaking, and results in an amazing meringue like foam on the top of the drink. It was said that the Ramos brothers employed at times up to 26 shaker boys, whose only duty was to shake the drink until they could go on no longer and pass it to the next. The resulting drink was a light, frothy, easily quaffed beverage. Sadly, as life became paced faster and faster for more Americans, the classic fizzes and long drinks faded in popularity, being replaced by drinks that were quicker to make and consume.

The Ramos Gin Fizz
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
3-4 dashes Orange Flower Water
2-3 dashes Vanilla Extract
1 Egg White
2 oz Cream
Soda Water

Chris McMillian demonstrates the proper way to mix up this delectable libation.