Aaron Lahey
March 24, 2015 | || Cocktail Recipes ||, Old Hollywood Ginn | Aaron Lahey

The Classic Ramos Fizz & A Defense of Eggs

Hello there drinkers! Today I want to talk about a classic and very famous cocktail that has all but disappeared from modern bar menus: The Ramos Gin Fizz. This will be part one of a three part post about this drink. Today, we will learn about the history of the drink, provide the classic recipe, and defend an oft maligned cocktail ingredient. Check back tomorrow for tips, tricks, and troubleshooting, and on Thursday for several of my favorite variations!

A Brief History
The Ramos Gin Fizz was invented by Henry C. Ramos in 1888 at his New Orleans bar, The Imperial Cabinet Saloon. To make a Ramos Fizz, you mix Gin, cream, lemon juice, lime juice, gomme/gum syrup, an egg white, and orange flower water, and shake hard for an absurd 12 minutes, before pouring it over soda water. The result is a light, bright drink with a texture like no other. At the height of this drink’s popularity, Henry Ramos would sometimes have over 20 "shaker boys," behind the bar, just to shake up his "New Orleans" Fizz's for eagerly awaiting guests. It is said that even with all this dedicated staff, Ramos still had trouble keeping up with demand. His fizz was simply too labor intensive, and overall time consuming for a busy bar to handle. For these reasons, outside of a few historic hotel bars in New Orleans, you will be hard pressed to find a Ramos Fizz on a bar menu. Also, if you ever want to ruin a bartender’s night, order a Ramos Fizz just before closing time. All jokes aside, this cocktail, done right, is transcendent. It is indicative of its era, when people were still willing to wait for something to be made well. It's a drink that says, "If you can't wait 15 minutes, you don't deserve me," and there's something I kind of like about that.

The Classic Recipe Ramos Fizz
2 oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn
1 oz heavy cream
1 oz gum syrup (Small Hands Foods or Liber & Co) or simple syrup (Sonoma Syrup Co)
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 egg white**
3 dashes (18-24 drops) orange flower water (Fee Brothers)
1 drop vanilla extract (De La Rosa) *this is under some debate by New Orleans bartenders, but I like it*
1-2 oz soda water

Add first seven ingredients to a dry cocktail shaker, and shake hard for one minute. Add half a cup of ice, and continue shaking at least 3 minutes, or up to the original 12 (you might need to grab some friends for shaker relay). Strain into a Collins glass, and top with soda. Finish with a gentle stir and the single drop of vanilla. Garnish with a lime twist. Makes one 12-14 oz cocktail.

In Defense of Eggs**
Eggs do amazing things to cocktails. However, for the majority of the public, the idea of putting raw egg into their beverage is nauseating at best, and could even be dangerous! Right? Wrong. A thousand times wrong. First let me debunk the health concerns. Yes, uncooked eggs, in very rare instances, can transfer salmonella. How this works is salmonella from the chicken coop gets onto the outside of the egg. When you take that egg and crack it, the inside of the egg comes into contact with the outside, possibly transferring the salmonella to your egg white. Because that egg white doesn't get cooked, you could get sick. But you could have gotten just as sick by licking the shell. So, all you have to do to eliminate the chance of getting sick from raw eggs, is quickly rinse the shell with warm water before cracking.

But won't it make my drink all slimy, you ask? Absolutely not. In fact, raw eggs don't have a whole lot of flavor, so the only real reason to put them in a drink is to change and improve the texture. Not to make it slimy. That would be awful. Egg whites and egg yolks do different things to cocktails, just like in cooking or baking. Some drinks will call just for the egg white, some others just for the yolk, and others still for the whole egg. Egg white proteins like to stick to each other. So when you shake them or whip them up, they create a lattice, like a net, that traps air bubbles. This is what makes a soufflé rise, and those peaks on your meringue stiff. In fact, for an egg white cocktail, you are basically making a soft meringue in your shaker. The proteins in the egg yolk don't like to stick to each other. They like to spread out and emulsify into the drink. So adding an egg yolk will give your drink a silky, rich, heaver texture, akin to adding gum syrup. Adding the whole egg will, you guessed it, do a bit of both. You will get more body in the base of your drink, as well as a light foam on top.

If this little manifesto for eggs seems unwarranted, let me say this. The majority of professional bars now use dehydrated egg white powder in their cocktails, solely because of negative reactions from customers to seeing fresh eggs cracked behind a bar. Egg white powder can clump, is much more expensive, and can alter the proportions of classic cocktails. Love the egg, the real egg, and it will love you back.

Good luck and happy shaking! If you run into any troubles making this notoriously finicky cocktail, check back tomorrow for Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting. Until then...

Your ever humble "shakerboy"
Aaron Lahey

*Napa Valley Distillery always recommends drinking responsibly.

**Napa Valley Distillery suggests using caution when consuming raw eggs due to the slight risk of food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend that you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.


Steve's Gravatar
@ Mar 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM
Hi Aaron, Love the blog. I'm wondering if you could provide a flavor ingredient to an egg white, beat the egg white/flavor separately and then add it to the beverage giving it a new dimension which would hold the flavor ingredient apart from the rest of the cocktail?

dissertation writing help's Gravatar
dissertation writing help
@ Aug 12, 2016 at 11:56 PM
Nice post! very cool articles with the blogs. If any one wants help in writing so we provide the best quality service, also provides dissertation writing help, thesis writing service and so much more.

Top 30 Best Packers and Movers in Kolkata's Gravatar
Top 30 Best Packers and Movers in Kolkata
@ Dec 27, 2017 at 2:05 AM
Movers and Packers in Kolkata – Hire Verified and Cheap packers and movers in Kolkata at doorstep delivery with best quality packing for your house shifting, office relocation, car carriers, bike transportation services in Kolkata.

صثصث's Gravatar
@ Jan 18, 2018 at 8:15 AM
صيانة سيمنس رقم صيانة سيمنس رقم صيانة ال جي صيانة ثلاجات ال جي صيانة ال جي صيانة غسالة ال جي صيانة ثلاجات ال جي صيانة غسالات سيمنس صيانة ثلاجات سيمنس صيانه سيمنس صيانة سيمنس توكيل صيانة سامسونج مصر

توكيل صيانة سامسونج مصر

صيانة lg صيانة غسالات دايو صيانة ثلاجات دايو صيانة دايو صيانة غسالات دايو صيانة ثلاجات دايو صيانة دايو توكيل صيانة سامسونج مصر

صيانة lg صيانة غسالات دايو صيانة ثلاجات دايو صيانة دايو صيانة غسالات دايو صيانة ثلاجات دايو صيانة دايو رقم صيانة جولدي صيانة جولدي صيانة اريستون رقم صيانة اريستون صيانة غسالات اريستون رقم صيانة سامسونج صيانة غسالة سامسونج صيانة وايت ويل صيانة وايت ويل صيانة وايت ويل صيانة فريجيدير صيانة فريجيدير

رقم صيانة فريجيدير رقم صيانة يونيفرسال

رقم صيانة وايت ويل

صيانة غسالات فريجيدير صيانة سامسونج

صيانة وستنجهاوس ,صيانة غسالات وستنجهاوس ,صيانة ثلاجات وستنجهاس ,رقم صيانة وستنجهاوس

صيانة وستنجهاوس ,صيانة غسالات وستنجهاوس ,صيانة ثلاجات وستنجهاس ,رقم صيانة وستنجهاوس

صيانة غسالات كلفينيتور

صيانة كلفينيتور

صيانة سامسونج

john's Gravatar
@ Sep 23, 2018 at 3:18 PM

komal's Gravatar
@ Oct 18, 2018 at 10:41 PM
enjoying a good mix of tasty products and the most delicate dough in one dish.

pinal's Gravatar
@ Oct 18, 2018 at 10:41 PM
f tasty products and the most delicate dough if tasty products and the most delicate dough i

Active target promo codes's Gravatar
Active target promo codes
@ Dec 27, 2018 at 1:08 AM
This is incredibly a reasonable article I need to express your article is great since you are intertwined different sorts of a historic point with a remarkably supportive data in have blog. Truly I energetic to look at your blog.

1 dollar domain's Gravatar
1 dollar domain
@ Jan 14, 2019 at 4:40 AM
I got more knowledge from this blog page. so many information i have getting. I'm truly your blog page is too good. Thank you for the sharing.

Rehana Khan's Gravatar
Rehana Khan
@ Jan 14, 2019 at 4:48 AM
I should need to thank you for the endeavors you have made in making this article. I am trusting in a tantamount best work from you later on also. Continue sharing!

Taniya Khan's Gravatar
Taniya Khan
@ Jan 14, 2019 at 9:45 PM
I was amazed by you. the way you create a website very thorough and good. This is very very impressive. Thank you for sharing hopefully more successful.

Delhi Escorts's Gravatar
Delhi Escorts
@ Jan 15, 2019 at 1:51 AM
This article you have shared here's very awesome. I like and appreciate work. The factors you have talked about in this specific article are helpful. I must try to follow these factors and also discuss others.

Escorts in Delhi's Gravatar
Escorts in Delhi
@ Jan 15, 2019 at 1:52 AM
This post is significantly easy to look at and perceive without neglecting any unpretentious segments. Great work! You finished certain time-tested focuses there.

Bangalore Escorts's Gravatar
Bangalore Escorts
@ Jan 15, 2019 at 11:01 PM
Thanks for such a great article. I am truly inspired a lot from it. Thank you.

Top 10 web hosting companies's Gravatar
Top 10 web hosting companies
@ Feb 12, 2019 at 12:19 AM
I lately determined many useful recommendations to your internet site specifically this blog page. many of the lots of clarification from your articles. thanks for sharing.

Hyderabad Escorts's Gravatar
Hyderabad Escorts
@ Feb 19, 2019 at 11:49 PM
I should need to thank you for the endeavors you have made in making this article. I am trusting in a relative best work from you later on too. Continue sharing! Planning to analyze your next post.

Escorts in Hyderabad's Gravatar
Escorts in Hyderabad
@ Feb 19, 2019 at 11:50 PM
I found a colossal measure of beneficial data here, to an incredible degree enlightening article. A commitment of thankfulness is all together for your exertion and support for us.

Delhi Escorts's Gravatar
Delhi Escorts
@ Feb 22, 2019 at 3:11 AM
I have known this site in the past but still, it didn’t fail by giving more knowledge to its visitors.

neha sharma's Gravatar
neha sharma
@ Feb 22, 2019 at 3:11 AM
I was taking a look at some of your content on this site and I conceive this web site is actually instructive! Keep adding.

Delhi Escorts's Gravatar
Delhi Escorts
@ Mar 26, 2019 at 3:15 AM
Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.

Riyakhan's Gravatar
@ May 6, 2019 at 2:46 AM
I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.

Taniya Khan's Gravatar
Taniya Khan
@ May 19, 2019 at 10:07 PM
Great article, yet it would be better if in future you can share more about this subject. Continue posting.

Commenting has been turned off.