Well well well. Here we are again. The kids have been in school for a whopping FOUR days only to be greeted with not only a snow day today, but also (!!) no school on Monday due to MLK Jr. Day. They are thrilled… and I am drinking. This week I’m really stepping out of most comfort zones by not only making a drink with an egg white like last week, but I’m adding dairy to it too. This Blood Orange & Thyme Ramos Gin Fizz is not only like a grown up snow-day creamsicle, but also my own personal kick off to Mardi-Gras and all things New Orleans.
The Ramos Gin fizz goes WAY back. Like, to an bar in New Orleans in 1888 and a gentleman by the name of Henry C. Ramos. The original drink was called the New Orleans Fizz but became so popular they started calling it a Ramos. It combined lime and lemon juice with an egg white, heavy cream, and a LOT of shaking. What resulted is a smooth, drinkable, creamy cocktail that kinda feels like a grown-up milkshake, but without the TGI-Friday’s-esque additions of whipped cream vodka (gag) and chocolate syrup.
I decided, because as declared in my last cocktail post I am obsessing over all things winter citrus, to swap out the lemon and lime for a blood orange. Blood Oranges were practically made for cocktails. They’re flashy, make an amazing garnish with no more effort than slicing through the fruit, and they are ever so slightly bitter, which plays so well with all different kinds of booze.
I also swapped the heavy cream in the original recipe for half and half. It retains all the creamy goodness, but I think being less heavy allows for the citrus to shine through a little bit. The thyme was added to supply some more herbal notes on top of the gin (plus I love thyme + orange). A few drops of orange blossom water (which I didnt take a picture of) obviously is dreamy with the blood orange juice and makes it so floral and orangey and flavorful. Ugh, just make one already. It’s like an adult creamsicle practically made for a snow day.
Blood Orange & Thyme Ramos Gin Fizz
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 oz gin
1/2 oz half and half
1 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice
3 dashes of orange blossom water
1 fresh egg white
Combine all ingredients except for club soda in empty cocktail shaker. Put on the lid and shake the crap out of it for a good 20 seconds. Stop. Open the lid and add ice, pop the lid back on and shake the crap out of it again for another 20-30 seconds. Shaking is what makes this cocktail great, so keep going.
Once it’s nice and cold and frothy, strain contents into a glass. Pour some club soda (just eyeball it, maybe like 3 oz?) into the now empty cocktail shaker and swirl it around. Strain THAT into the glass with the drink. Enjoy!