The Ramos Gin Fizz recipe has been a staple on the New Orleans cocktail scene since the 1880s. Velvety, citrusy, and sweet, it has a gorgeous frothy texture and a picture-perfect foamy head. Here’s the best Ramos Gin Fizz recipe to try at home if you love a luscious drink filled with zesty flavors.
The Famous Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe with Fresh New Orleans Flair
PREP TIME 5 min
The longer you dry shake the drink, the creamier the Ramos Gin Fizz with be.
To make the drink vegan, swop the egg for aquafaba (chickpea water).
Add even more zest by using lemon-flavored sparkling water.
Add all the ingredients, apart from the club soda, to a cocktail shaker and dry shake for a full minute without ice
Then add ice and shake until well-chilled
Strain into a serving glass (we like a Collins), and top with soda
How the classic Ramos Gin Fizz recipe came to be
How’s this for interesting – the Ramos Gin Fizz original recipe was created by a teetotal bar owner! No kidding. Mr. Henry C. Ramos, also known as Carl to his nearest and dearest, owned the Imperial Cabinet in New Orleans in the 1880s, and he was the creative mind behind this deliciously creamy drink. It was actually originally called the New Orleans Fizz, but everyone called it the Ramos, and the name stuck.
Being a stickler for procedure, Mr. Ramos required the drink to be shaken for 12 full minutes before serving it to his clientele. When the drink’s popularity skyrocketed, he often had up to 20 bartenders (also called ‘shaker boys’) working at any given time.
The story goes that the Mardi Gras season of 1915 was so busy at the Imperial Cabinet that there were 35 bartenders working at a time! These hard-working souls would relay to rest their arms in between shaking up Ramos Gin Fizz orders.
Love this Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail recipe? Try these!
If the Ramos Gin Fizz original recipe has you bowled over, there are a few other cocktails you should be giving a try. This includes:
Clover Club cocktail
The prettily pink Clover Club Cocktail tastes as delicious as it looks—like slightly sweet raspberry ice cream that has been infused with a kiss of gin. Simply dreamy!
Sloe Gin Fizz
A Sloe Gin Fizz is the perfect option when you feel like a refreshing cocktail that delightfully balances sweet against tart. Featuring gin infused with sour berries that grow on blackthorn bushes in the hedgerows of narrow lanes in the English countryside, it’s a Christmastime staple in the United Kingdom.
Classic Whiskey Sour
This sweet, slightly tart cocktail is an absolute classic with its retro foam topping, and a real game-changer in terms of mouthfeel and texture. The egg white in the Whiskey Sour traps little pockets of air, which gives it a very silky, meringue-like texture that adds some lovely body without changing the taste.
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When to whip up our Ramos Gin Fizz New Orleans recipe
Wondering when you should be serving up this enticing drink? Here are a few occasions when the Ramos Gin Fizz is sure to cause a stir:
- Mardi Grass parties (it’s giving all the New Orleans vibes!)
- Surprise birthday parties (a completely novel choice as a signature drink)
- After dinner (pairs wonderfully with all sorts of desserts)