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A Ramos Gin Fizz Is Where a Sour Cocktail Meets a Creamsicle

This classic New Orleans cocktail is the sweet, tart, creamy, boozy drink of our dreams.

by Munchies Staff
Jul 14 2016, 1:00am

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

New Orleans really has its head on straight when it comes to cocktails. From its famous daiquiris to Frosé, let's just say its drink game is v v strong.

Which brings us to the Ramos Gin Fizz, a classic Nola cocktail that was conceived nearly 140 years ago, in the days when orange flower water and gum syrup were prerequisites at any bar that was going to be making you a decent fizz. (And yes—thanks to the soda water, it lives up to its name and is actually a bit fizzy.)

The magic of the ramos gin fizz is that it combines lip-puckering citrus with the aforementioned orange flower water and gum syrup, cream, vanilla, and an egg white for optimum frothiness. Oh yeah, and gin. It'll get you drunk, too.

RECIPE: Ramos Gin Fizz

It's like if you could combine your childhood love of creamsicles with the grown-up feel of a gin drink in a tall glass. So sure, you might have to track down some orange blossom water (a nice liquor store or the international foods aisle of a supermarket should have it) and some gum syrup (but simple syrup will do in a pinch).

But when you sip on this fizzy, sweet, decadent thing, you'll find that it's well worth it.

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