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NEW YEAR'S DAY GINN FIZZ
aka NVD Old Hollywood Ginn Fizz:
You may have noticed that we spend a lot of time discussing and writing recipes for Gin and other Fizzes. Well, what can we say other than we absolutley love them and thus we continuiously find new and interesting ways to make them. We hope you enjoy!
This easy-peasy recipe is perfect when you are entertaining and want to make a quick and easy version of the classic Ramos Fizz. Using a blender removes the pain of dry shaking leaving you and your guests with the great pleasure of Ginn Fizz CONSUMPTION.
This recipe is especially nice if you have imbibed a bit more than usual the night before. Please note: The NVD Booze Crew loves the craft of the traditional Ramos Fizz.
We also love this version as it is perfect for larger batches which are perfect and so convenient when you are entertaining on New Year's Day, Sunday Brunch, or Wednesday for breakfast ;-) Cheers!
Makes 1 batch = 4-8 Ginn Fizzes
6oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn
4oz Organic Half and Half
2oz Organic egg whites from a carton
1.5oz Organic rich syrup (2:1 Sugar to water)
1 tsp Orange Blossom Water
1.25oz Organic fresh lime juice
1.25oz Organic fresh lemon juice
Garnish: Ground Nutmeg
Harware: Blender, measuring cups, teaspoon
Glassware: Cocktail Coupes or Champagne glasses (wine glasses are fine if you that's what you have)
Set out glassware.
Measure all ingredients out first.
1. Fill blender half full with ice.
2. Add NVD OH Ginn, H&H, egg whites, rich syrup, orange blossom water and blend on high until there are no ice chunks left and all ingredients are incorporated - 15 - 45 seconds depending on your blender.
3. Stop blender. Add lime and lemon juices. Blend again on high for 10 seconds.
4. Taste. Adjust ingredients to your taste (maybe add more Ginn, syrup, more citrus juices, or more orange blossom water) but don't stray too far.
5. Immediatly fill glasses evenly and sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.
Keep any remaining liquid in the fridge to top off your guest's glasses.
Proof that the Sky's the LimitThe early 1900’s were an exciting and innovative time in history. They ushered in the rise of aviation as manned “aero planes” took flight for the first time. The men and women who took to the skies became heroes to those watching from below. These new planes and pilots paved the way for commercial flights, and brought the four corners of the earth together as never before. Naming a cocktail after this revolutionary time was the least that could be done. The Aviation is believed to be one of the last great Pre-Prohibition Era Cocktails.Initially thought to have been created in the 1930’s, the Aviation was made with Gin, Lemon Juice, and Maraschino Liqueur. It wasn’t until rather recently that an original recipe for the Aviation was found in a copy of Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin, written in 1916. This not only showed that the Aviation was older than previously thought, but also provided us with a fourth, previously unknown ingredient. The original 1916 recipe called for a small amount of Crème De Violette. With the addition of this rare spirit, not only was there a great deal of intricacy added to the cocktail, but the entire aromatics profile was changed.
The Elusive Creme De Violette
Previously difficult to obtain in the United States, Crème De Violette is a sweet liqueur made with Violet flowers. Thoughthe name suggests the addition of cream, the word Crème refers to the silky smooth texture and feel of the liqueur. In true NVD form, we decided to break from tradition just enough to stand out from the crowd. Our Crème de Violette is made from a base of Neutral Brandy, and includes three additional botanicals to complement the Violets and add complexity. We also decided to bottle it at a higher ABV than other Crème De Violettes, allowing it to highlight any cocktail in an elegant fashion. Finally, we used natural means to add the distinctive color, ensuring that our Crème De Violette makes its presence known in any cocktail, and on any bar!
The Napa Valley Distillery Aviation
2oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn*
.75oz Maraschino Liqueur
.5oz fresh lemon juice
.25oz Creme De Violette*
Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (optional)
Add optional Maraschino Cherry to a coupe glass. Add all ingredients and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into prepared glass. Garnish, and serve. Enjoy and repeat responsibly!