Gin Fizzes

Ramos Gin Fizz by ReeseCLloyd, some rights reserved

The Fizz Family is an extension of another famous cocktail family; the Sours. For every Sour there is a Fizz, and for every Fizz there is a Sour, it’s just that for some spirits one is usually more successful than the other. That is why we find the Gin Fizz and not the Gin Sour, and the Whiskey Sour but not the Whiskey Fizz on the list of all time classic mixed drinks.

A Fizz, in its simplest form, is just a Sour with the lengthening addition of soda water. A creation of the late nineteenth century, when mixed drinks began to emerge from the bittered sling category and include some of the first variants that allowed them to be considered, long, cooling, refreshing drinks.

The Gin Fizz opens itself up to a number of variations, but we start with the basic:

  1. Shake 50ml gin, 25ml fresh lemon juice 12.5ml of sugar syrup with cubed ice for twenty seconds.
  2. Double strain into a chilled highball glass (without ice) and top with soda water.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

The Ramos Gin Fizz, however, is anything but basic, and also requires you to have some time on your hands.  For a start it includes a number of controversial ingredients (orange flower water?  Heavy cream?) and then it comes with the firm instruction to shake for no less than twelve minutes.  It is not a drink to make if you are concerned about dying of thirst.

Invented in New Orleans in 1888 by barman Henry Ramos it is a silky smooth concoction which, if made to the exact recipe is a perfectly balanced masterpiece finished in ostentatious and labour-intensive style:

  1. Shake 50ml gin, 25ml double cream, 12.5ml egg white, 15ml fresh lime juice, 10ml fresh lemon juice, 12.5ml sugar syrup and a barspoon of orange flower water with cubed ice for no less than twelve (12!) minutes.
  2. Double strain into a chilled highball glass (without ice).
  3. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Or, if you want a halfway house and don’t have an army of shaker boys or twelve minutes to wait, try the Elder-Gin Fizz, a British summer time classic:

  1. Shake 25ml gin, 25ml elderflower liqueur, 12.5ml simple syrup, 12.5ml fresh lemon juice and 12.5ml egg white with cubed ice for twenty seconds.
  2. Strain back into the shaker and dry shake (without ice) for a further ten seconds.
  3. Double strain into a chilled highball glass (without ice)
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
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