Happy New Year, everyone!
I’ll admit, it took me years to become ok with the idea of eating raw eggs in any form (homemade mayonnaise, Hollandaise, etc.), and even longer to accept that one in a cocktail would be at all palatable. It is my friend, Clair, who introduced me to the idea of an egg-containing boozy concoction, the gin fizz — her family’s traditional New Year’s Day cocktail. Now, many years later, I must publicly apologize for initially scrunching my nose when I heard what it’s made of (sorry, Clair!).
The gin fizz here uses only the egg white, which gives the drink a nice white, frothy layer on top with a slightly creamy mouthfeel throughout. Between the texture and orange liqueur, I cannot help but be reminded of a Creamsicle with every sip. (Albeit a far less sweet, more elegant and adult-only one.) I realize I’m playing fast and loose with the classic Ramos (a.k.a. New Orleans) gin fizz recipe, but it calls for orange flower water, something I’ve never stocked in my pantry (and in all likelihood never will, unless I stumble upon many more uses for it) — orange liqueur seems much more accessible.
For me, this drink is a wonderful epitome of my main resolution for the year ahead, as cliché as it may sound: be more open to trying new things (foods, activities, etc.). Maybe I’ll pick up a bottle of that orange flower water after all. . .
Wishing you all the best in 2012,
Ramos Gin Fizz
The Savoy Cocktail Book)
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail
- 1 ounce (28 grams or 2 tablespoons) Hendrick’s gin (or other gluten-free gin)¹
- 1/2 ounce (14 grams or 1 tablespoon) Grand Marnier or Cointreau (or other gluten-free orange flavored liquor)²
- 3/4 ounce (21 grams or 1 1/2 tablespoons) Meyer lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon (2 – 3 grams) powdered sugar
- 1 large egg white³
- 4 ounces (113 grams or 1/2 cup) seltzer
In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, combine gin through egg white and several cubes of ice. Cover tightly and shake vigorously until cold and frothy (about 30 seconds). Strain into a glass (about 10 ounce capacity) and top with sparkling water. Gently stir and serve immediately.
¹ I received email confirmation from Hendrick’s gin about it’s gluten-free status. Unfortunately, I cannot pass along the email, but they responded to my product inquiry (Is Hendricks gin gluten-free?) submitted through their website within three days. Please do the same if you would like reassurance!
² Grand Marnier will make for a slightly less orangey cocktail than Cointreau; I enjoy either.
³ Please note that consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.