These days, it would be difficult to find this iconic drink anywhere outside of New Orleans, and only a handful of bars at that. The long prep time combined with the unusual ingredient list makes it something of notoriety, a drink that lends itself to dreaming of a long gone era.
I hope that description has you intrigued enough, because you're going to think I'm bonkers once I tell you what's in this thing.
How to Make A Ramos Gin FIzz
Add several small ice cubes and continue to shake with enthusiasm and vigor. Most recipes no longer call for the extensive 10-12 minutes of shaking; often it's recommended to shake until you can no longer hear the ice, or about 2-3 minutes. I shook mine longer than that, and was happy with the outcome.
Pour the frothy contents into a chilled Collins glass and slowly top with soda to rise the head. This creates a reaction much like a root beer float, but with a much thicker foam. So thick, that your straw should be able to stand upright in it.
She took one slightly timid sip through the straw and then looked at me. "Oh, that's good."
Since she had cleared the path, I eagerly tried it myself, and there's not much to say besides the fact that this is indeed a very good drink. While the ingredients may seem like an arbitrary grocery list or a joke, Henry C. Ramos clearly knew something I didn't when he mixed that up. The creamy, citrus, and floral notes combine so nicely with the gin, that you kinda forget there's alcohol even in this thing. I used heavy cream, which is the standard recipe, but in the future I might try half and half. While I loved the creaminess, it was also incredibly rich. This definitely isn't a drink for just any party (I wouldn't shake anything for 10-12 minutes for just anyone, you know), but it's a sophisticated element to add to your repertoire. And it's pretty impressive.
Bonus Material: If you're interested in more gin cocktails, I recommend you watch this series of GIFs about making Gin n' Juice. Not because it's informative, but because it's so remarkably awkward.
With sips and smiles, Rachel