Merry Fizzness!

The Ramos Gin Fizz

What does Santa’s Little Helper drink Christmas morning when all the presents are unwrapped and it’s finally time to kick back and relax?  A Ramos Gin Fizz, that’s what!  I’d never had one until a few weeks ago.  I was flipping through my copy of Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em by Stanley Clisby Arthur and the recipe caught my eye.  I have a marked-up, liquid-stained 1941 copy, and I enjoy looking at the previous owner’s notes.   In May of 1943 it had been marked as a keeper, and after mixing one up for myself, I agreed.  A few weeks later I found myself having brunch at the Presidio Social Club and saw it on their list of “Restoratives”.  The bartender pulled out a mini stick blender, and went to town frothing it up.  A restorative indeed!  He told me that once the drink started getting more popular at PSC he was shaking his arms off and had to switch to the immersion blender.  I could well imagine since it’s a drink that does require energetic and sustained shaking.  In his book, Arthur writes of the Fizz, “…the saloons of Henry C. Ramos were famous for the gin fizzes shaken up by a bevy of busy shaker boys.  Visitors, not to mention home folk, flocked in droves to the Ramos dispensary to down the frothy draft that Ramos alone knew how to make to perfection. One poetical sipper eulogized it thus: “It’s like drinking a flower!”  Well, flower or not, the Ramos Gin Fizz made a lovely lazy Christmas morning drink…or two.

Click on the picture below and you can read the recipe for this froth-o-licious drink.

What's that funny thing in the corner? Well, Mr. Playmobil Elk was kind enough to hold the book open while I mixed this up.

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