Monday, April 09, 2012

40 Year Fizz

Half of a Ramos Gin Fizz recipe
I had a wonderful 40th birthday party organized by my husband and friends. My wish was to dress up and eat delicious appetizers with my friends. Just about everyone attended the party, and I was able to visit and talk with them. One friend revealed that her favorite drink was a Ramos Gin Fizz, which involves raw egg white*, orange blossom water**, lemon and lime juice, and other ingredients, all shaken for 12 minutes. Of course, my mixed-drink enthusiast friend had to make one on the spot. I had a sip, and was hooked. It's akin to drinking lemon meringue pie, only not as sweet.

 Master bartender/mixologist Chris McMillian shares the history and demonstrates the assembly of the drink here. I tried my hand at making the Ramos Gin Fizzes yesterday during our Easter brunch. (I skipped the cream, however.) There were times when I had to hand the shaker over to my husband or another guest in order to serve food, answer the phone, or simply take a break. I ended up making four servings, but fortunately, some people were willing to split a serving. The work and the wait were worth it.

*Read New York Times article Things Get Messy When Bartenders Crack an Egg, by Glen Collins.


**I have a bottle of orange blossom water that will last me years. I'm going to start cooking more from the dessert sections of my Middle Eastern Cookbooks.

3 comments:

tanita davis said...

Wow, that drink sounds... interesting. I don't care for meringue, so it wouldn't be something I'd choose, but I love the idea of shaking something for twelve minutes. Really?? Twelve?? Who came up with that?? I mean, if you shake it for eleven or thirteen, is it ruined? I love the mystery.

Lone Star Ma said...

Very cool. And I'm so glad you had a nice birthday party!

Saints and Spinners said...

Tanita: Maybe it's like cake-baking or antibiotics: 12 minutes "or until done." When is the cut-off? If it works at 11, why not 10, if 10, why not 9? Or maybe it relates to the size of the king's foot (i.e. 12 inches)? At any rate, I shook the concoction for 10 minutes, added ice, and then shook it for 2 additional minutes.

LSM: Thanks! I was so glad to see friends gathered whom I'd not seen in quite awhile, as well as those I'd seen the previous week.