Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Ramos Gin Fizz, also known as the New Orleans Fizz, was created in 1888 by Henry C. Ramos at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans. This classic cocktail gained popularity during the Prohibition era and was a favorite of Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long.

  • The cocktail is known for its frothy, creamy texture, achieved by shaking the ingredients vigorously.
  • The original recipe called for shaking the cocktail for 12 minutes, but modern bartenders typically shake it for 2-3 minutes.
  • The Ramos Gin Fizz is often enjoyed during brunch or as a refreshing afternoon drink.

How Ramos Gin Fizz Tastes?

The Ramos Gin Fizz has a creamy, frothy texture with a balanced taste of sweet, sour, and floral notes. The gin provides a subtle juniper flavor, while the citrus and egg white create a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Interesting facts about Ramos Gin Fizz

  • The cocktail was so popular in the 1915 Mardi Gras celebrations that Ramos had to hire dozens of 'shaker boys' to keep up with the demand.
  • The original recipe called for Old Tom Gin, a sweeter style of gin that was popular in the 19th century.
  • The Ramos Gin Fizz is sometimes called the 'One and Only One' because it is said that no one can drink more than one in a single sitting due to its richness.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Heavy cream: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Orange flower water: 3 drops
  • Egg white: 1
  • Club soda: 2 oz(60ml)

A few good options for Ramos Gin Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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  • Why 2 oz? Perfect balance. It's the backbone of the drink, providing botanical flavors without overwhelming.
  • What if not used? You'd miss the party. Gin is essential for the unique flavor profile.
  • Alternatives? Vodka for a less botanical kick, but why be a party pooper?

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Lemon & Lime Juice

  • Why 0.5 oz each? Citrus squad! They bring the zing and keep things fresh.
  • No juice? As flat as a pancake. The drink needs acid for balance.
  • Alternatives? Try other citruses like grapefruit for a twist.

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Simple Syrup

  • Why 0.5 oz? Just the right kiss of sweetness to counterbalance the acidity.
  • Without it? Like a joke without a punchline. Necessary for harmony.
  • Alternatives? Honey syrup for a floral note.

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Heavy Cream

  • Why 1 oz? Cream dream. It gives the lush mouthfeel that defines the fizz.
  • Skip it? You'll miss the cloud-like texture. Essential for the signature froth.
  • Alternatives? For the lactose intolerant, coconut cream could add an exotic touch.

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Orange Flower Water

  • Why 3 drops? Like perfume, a little goes a long way. It's the secret whisper of flavor.
  • Left out? The cocktail loses its je ne sais quoi. It's the subtle flair.
  • Alternatives? Rose water for a floral variation.

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Egg White

  • Why 1? The froth builder. It creates the silky head and smooth texture.
  • No egg? Like a cake without fluff. You need it for the body and foam.
  • Vegan? Aquafaba can step in as a plant-based agent.

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Club Soda

  • Why 2 oz? It's the sparkle at the end of the tunnel, giving life to the froth.
  • Flat drink? Like a party without music. It needs the fizz for the full experience.
  • Alternatives? Tonic water could add a bitter edge, for those who dare.

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Recipe. How to make Ramos Gin Fizz Drink

  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, heavy cream, orange flower water, and egg white in a shaker without ice.
  2. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously for about 30 seconds to emulsify the egg white and create a frothy texture.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for another 30 seconds to chill the cocktail.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled Collins glass without ice.
  5. Top with club soda to create a thick, creamy head.
  6. Garnish with a thin slice of orange or a sprig of mint.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to achieve the perfect frothy texture.
  • Use a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cold for longer.
  • Garnish with a thin slice of orange or a sprig of mint for an extra touch of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Light Appetizers

  • Salmon mousse: The creamy texture complements the frothy head of the cocktail.
  • Ceviche: The citrus notes in the cocktail enhance the fresh flavors of the seafood.


  • Lemon sorbet: Its tartness pairs well with the citrus profile of the Ramos Gin Fizz.
  • Vanilla panna cotta: The creaminess of the dessert matches the smooth texture of the drink.

Other Beverages

  • Sparkling water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Ginger ale: For a non-alcoholic option with a kick that can stand up to the complexity of the Ramos Gin Fizz.

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What you could change in Ramos Gin Fizz

  • You can substitute Old Tom Gin for a sweeter taste.
  • If you don't have orange flower water, you can use a few drops of orange extract.
  • Lemon-lime soda can be used in place of the lemon and lime juice and club soda.

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Cucumber Basil Ramos Gin Fizz

  • Ingredients: Add a few slices of cucumber and some basil leaves.
  • Recipe: Muddle cucumber and basil with the simple syrup before adding other ingredients.
  • Taste change: A fresher, more herbal take on the classic.
  • Description: The cucumber adds a cool twist, and basil gives a peppery kick, perfect for a garden party.

Chocolate Ramos Gin Fizz

  • Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of crème de cacao.
  • Recipe: Combine with other ingredients during the initial shake.
  • Taste change: Introduces a sweet, chocolatey note to the traditional zesty cocktail.
  • Description: For those with a sweet tooth, it's like drinking a creamy, boozy chocolate milkshake with a gin kick.

Berry Ramos Gin Fizz

  • Ingredients: Muddle a handful of mixed berries before shaking.
  • Recipe: Shake berries with the other ingredients, strain over ice.
  • Taste change: Adds a fruity and colorful twist to the cocktail.
  • Description: Berries bring a summery vibe and a tangy flavor, making this twist as visually appealing as it is delicious.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ramos Gin Fizz

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ramos Gin Fizz

What is the significance of the name 'Ramos Gin Fizz'?

It is named after its creator, Henry C. Ramos, who created it at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans in 1888. The word 'Fizz' comes from 'fizzy', referring to the bubbles caused by club soda which gives the drink its distinctive creamy froth.

Aside from the traditional garnish, are there any other garnishes that work well with Ramos Gin Fizz?

A classic Ramos Gin Fizz is usually garnished with an orange slice or mint sprig. However, alternate garnishes like a fresh cherry or a zest of lemon peel might also work well.

Is it safe to consume raw egg in Ramos Gin Fizz?

While most bartenders ensure the eggs used are fresh, consuming raw eggs can raise a concern about Salmonella. If you're worried about the risks, you can use pasteurized egg whites as an alternative.

Can I use a different type of gin instead of Old Tom Gin when making a Ramos Gin Fizz?

Yes, you can, but it may alter the flavor somewhat. Each gin has a distinct flavor profile. A London Dry Gin might make the cocktail less sweet and more juniper-forward.

Is there a way to make a vegan Ramos Gin Fizz?

Yes, aquafaba, the water in which chickpeas have been cooked, makes a good Vegan substitute for egg white in cocktails.

Is it okay to premix a botch Ramos Gin Fizz and refrigerate or does it have to be freshly made?

The Ramos Gin Fizz is best enjoyed freshly made because the frothy texture from the shaken egg white and cream may dissipate overtime.

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