Created in the 1800’s by Henry C. Ramos in New Orleans, the Gin Fizz was traditionally shaken for twelve minutes. When your arms are ready to fall off you will have a rich creamy egg white foam to contrast the citrus and fizz.
By Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Using egg whites in shaken cocktails adds a creamy and slightly rich texture to your drink, plus tops it with a fun foam cap. Yet, I’d never made one before now. Heck, I’d never tried one before now. I wasn’t necessarily leery of consuming uncooked eggs, I mean, I grew up eating raw cookie dough. But I suppose that thought was always there. That said, I do know that are plenty of people might let the raw egg factor steer them away from such a cocktail. But they needn’t worry! When I was offered the opportunity to work with Safest Choice Eggs on the An EGG for Every Occassion campaign, I knew without a doubt that I’d be making a cocktail with an egg foam cap.
The Ramos Gin Fizz is also known by the name New Orleans Gin Fizz, as its roots can be traced to its New Orleans creation in the late 1800’s by Henry C. Ramos. It was a very popular drink, sometimes keeping bartenders busy all night long, which could be attributed to the fact that each cocktail was to be shaken for 12 minutes. TWELVE MINUTES!?
I really enjoyed the rich creamy contrast that the egg white brought up against the citrus and the fizz. And of course, I now have all sorts of foam-capped drinks floating through my mind.
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2.5 ounces simple syrup
- 4 ounces milk
- 2 Safest Choice egg whites
- 6 drops orange blossom water
- cold club soda
- 2 orange twists, wedges, or slices
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add gin, lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, milk, and the egg whites.
- Put on the lid and shake until your arms feel like they're going to fall off, 12 minutes traditionally (or as long as you can).
- Strain into 2 tall (10-12 ounce) glasses (no ice), then top both up with club soda. Garnish with an orange twist, wedge, or slice.